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Folkcraft® Black Walnut Hourglass Dulcimer Kit, 25" VSL

Item Number 90616244

Regular price $405.00

Have you ever dreamed of building a fine musical instrument, but don't have the time (or the tools) to prepare the wood for assembly? We can help you fulfill your dream with our Folkcraft chromatic black walnut dulcimer kit!

Folkcraft hourglass dulcimer kits are ready to assemble. All of the hardware (machine heads, nut, bridge, anchor pins, strings) is included; the sides are already bent; the scroll head is shaped, routed, and drilled; the chromatic fretboard is already fretted (by the same luthiers that build the world famous Folkcraft and FolkRoots dulcimers); the wood has all been sanded to at least 120 grit; and detailed instructions are included with every kit.

You will need a few hand tools (a knife, a drill, a hammer, a screwdriver), sandpaper, and wood glue to assemble your hourglass dulcimer. For finishing, we recommend either polyurethane or a Danish oil.

Folkcraft walnut dulcimer kits are enjoyed by hobbyists, and by recreational builders everywhere. Folkcraft dulcimer kits are sold (in large quantities, year after year) to professional dulcimer builders who assemble and finish the instruments themselves, selling the completed dulcimers at festivals and in their own shops. 

So whether you're looking to spend a few relaxing weekends building an heirloom instrument that will be treasured by your family for generations, or you're looking for a new business opportunity, you've found what you need - a Folkcraft hourglass dulcimer kit!

This diatonic dulcimer kit features a fretboard with a 1 3/8" width, and a 25" VSL (scale length, or Vibrating String Length). We've installed the frets, and even installed genuine mother of pearl position dots at 3, 7 (double), 10, 14 (double), and 17.

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Craig Campbell
Not impressed

I ordered a Walnut dulcimer kit that came with the wrong length sides. They were too long. I spoke to Richard on the phone about the issue and I informed him that the original dulcimer scroll, sides, heel cap and tail block had been glued together. This involved permanently attaching the gluing wedges during the process. He apologized and immediately sent a new scroll, the proper length sides, and a tail block. No gluing wedges or heel cap were included in the second package. This project should have been completed by now but instead I find myself back at square one without all of the necessary parts. This was supposed to be a nice quick project. I’m not impressed with my first Folk Craft experience.

Craig Campbell
Wrong Parts

I received my hourglass walnut kit and assembled the sides to the tail and scroll. That’s when I realized the fingerboard was 5/8” too short for proper placement. I talked to Richard on the phone and he determined that the sides I received were too long. He immediately sent a new scroll, tail and sides at no charge. The only problem is my having to restart the build from step one. Also, the instructions are pretty horrible and need to be rewritten. Richard was great to work with and I look forward to the build.

Martha Robinson
Walnut dulcimer kit review

The quality of the kit is good, but my husnand struggling in cutting out the top and bottom. The utility knife is not working for him. It would have been helpful to have a video but we are persevering on.
Martha Robinson


Hello, from Japan. This is my second DIY dulcimer. The kit contained pretty beautiful wood material, such as a dead straight finger board, beautiful book matched and figured cherry top. I modified head shape, added abalon fret markers, 1.5 fret, kerfing, back brace and gecko shaped sound holes. Finished with Watoco oil narural twice and polished with bees wax. Speaking modestly, this is a beautiful dulcimer kit and beyond the price.

Arthur C.
Folkcraft Black Walnut Teardrop Dulcimer Kit

This kit has everything you need to make a nice teardrop dulcimer except supplies like glue, sandpaper and finishing products. I took my time and made it over the course of a week, but it could be done quicker. The instruction sheets could be improved, so they should be read thoroughly before you start, with common sense applied, and you can call for clarifications if needed, as I did. It comes with all the parts you need, but of course the end product depends on your skills and patience. I did enjoy building it. I think anyone would benefit from the experience.