A Day in the Life of a Dulcimer Shop
Good Morning, Y'all!
Pam - sewing dulcimer cases, as always.
Cheyenne has been making parts for dulcimers all day long, except for early this morning when he packed our outbound orders. We use a slew of parts - backs, sides, tops, fretboards, heads, etc. - when we make dulcimers, but we also make parts for other dulcimer builders, both professional (companies you may have heard of) and hobbyist.
This one came to us with cracks in the top - probably from a fall. We do a LOT of repairs these days - for nearly all makes of mountain dulcimer. It is sometimes tricky to figure out the best approach to a repair, but we've done so many fixes that it generally works out fine. In addition to working on this repair, I've been answering the phone, taking care of email, upgrading the website (adding shop blogs going as far back as 2008), and spraying lacquer on instruments that are getting close to shipping.
Dominic - adding machine heads to a brand-new Folkcraft resonator dulcimer.
Dominic spent part of the day working on an instrument with a magnetic pickup (our NT-11 model), part of the day packing machine heads into sets for resale, and part of the day hand-rubbing the lacquered finish on several other dulcimers. He's also been keeping our laser cutter going, making cardboard dulcimer kit parts.
Jim (aka "Dad") - showing off a neck/fretboard for a Folkcraft® LAP-JO.