Folkcraft Instruments has been crafting handmade mountain dulcimers since 1968. We've been providing the best dulcimers, plus the dulcimer cases, tab books, dulcimer string sets, and everything else a mountain dulcimer player needs. We even provide dulcimer parts - machine heads and wood parts - for builders of all skill levels. We're happy to build a custom mountain dulcimer for you, make you a custom instrument case, or make you a custom string set. All of our dulcimers are handmade in the USA.
I purchased three Flowering Sun Rosettes. One at 1 1/2" and two at 2.3/16". Now, I build stick dulcimers (about two per year). Each one I try to make better than the one before and I started using these rosettes to add a little class to them. Normally, I cut a 1 1/2" sound hole. In my last one, I grabbed the wrong hole saw (I have quite a a few) which did not cut a hole, it chewed a hole in the soundboard. Well, that was awful and there was no way to repair short of drilling it out to the next larger size (1 3/4"). Now the rosettes wouldn't fit and I couldn't find any 1 3/4" rosettes anywhere. Then I looked closely at the image of the Flowering Sun rosette and noted that it has an internal design separated from an outer ring ty thin 'struts'. I measured the image on the screen, did some calculations and found that the inner design was awfully close to 1 3/4".
so I ordered two in the hopes that I could remove the outer ring and fit this to my instrument. Long story short, it worked. The inner design was a tad over 1 3/4" which meant I had to slightly enlarge the soundhole. Then press the rosette into place. Note that removing the outer ring leaves a rosette that is fairly delicate. You have to be very careful while handling it and pressing it in place. Get it right the first time because you won't be able to remove it with breaking it. A little CA and it is now fixed in place. and looks nice. [I did it twice because I had drilled a 1 3/4" hole in a previous instrument]
I am looking forward to this workshop. I have had both instructors before and they present material in a fun and relaxed way that is very easy to understand. Both are very good dulcimer teachers.
This book contains 50 popular songs from the last 50 years or so. The selections are very playable. It is fun having the tab for more modern music.
Nicely made strap with leather ends for a strong hold on your dulcimer. East release and adjustible. Much nicer then anyother strap I have used. Color black
Tull's books are always good, this one is no different. I like his tabs....they are straightforward and done well.
We use this wrench for our hammered dulcimer. This "T" style is the best for tuning, in our opinion.
Folkcraft quality in its design (envelope style) and manufacture. Folkcraft, have you ever considered cases with side walls?
Order a few accessories great quality. The strap for my dulcimer is amazing. Well made with leather ends to put on your dulcimer and adjustible wider strap to hold the dulcimer secure. Also order the capo which was made well and matches nicely with my new folkcraft dulcimer.
Beautiful instrument with a great sound.
Great selection of songs from beginner to advanced. The varied size easy to read tab numbers made it super easy to become acquainted with each song melody. It’s definitely a keeper!
Nice set. Vastly improves sound and playing.
Received my custom made folkcraft dulcimer this week. It is a true work of art
So beautiful and the sound is wonderful. Love it.🎶
I like the choice of different strengths of picks depending upon what style I am playing. Very happy with my purchase.
I may have already did a review of this book! But I loved it so much, I immediately purchased a copy for a friend and another copy for my son.
I love the songs! I love the dulcimer cords and shapes being printed above each song. I love that the melody is printed in larger numbers in the tab.
Did I say “I LOVE “ this book! And I have bought many dulcimer books over the years!
I have used your finger boards for many years making Dulcimers and my Banjo-Mers. The wood is always highest quality. The boards are kiln dried and cut and
sanded true. This makes for easy final set-up when finished! Doug Thomson