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.
Judy House - Christmas Songs For The Mountain Dulcimer
Sooo, a couple years ago,, My dad said he wanted to build a "dulcimer" to sit next to his jaw dropping Stewmac guitar. I had no clue what a dulcimer was, but I looked it up and liked the folk feel to dulcimers. Long story short, I picked up an Apple creek hourglass online and, with great excitement, I learned Amazing Grace in an afternoon.
.....I WAS HOOKED! I love(d) the fact that dulcimer doesn't require a lot of time or skill to learn like guitar. A few months later, I was given a handmade dulcimer from Dad's shop for Christmas. The hourglass dulcimer I ended up with was initially a walnut hourglass, but he changed it to Spanish cedar on the top and bottom. He also did mahogany binding to make it pop a little bit more. The kit didn't have any sort of binding. After learning to play a couple years ago, I can easily play a handful of
hymns and, of course Dixie, cause every dulcimer player should know a few tunes from the 1850's. After the inspiration from the Folkcraft Hourglass (as custom as it was), he has since built five or six custom dulcimers, and I just completed my first scratch built teardrop two weeks ago. It was a very fulfilling project that tested my abilities. This year, I've picked up a walnut hourglass kit for my 12 yr old son to build with his grandfather. I highly recommend going with folkcraft dulcimers. Also, the hourglass and teardrops have distinctly different sounds it's a good idea to try one of each at a music store before making your choice and purchasing.
This was the first time I ordered from Folkcraft. My order arrived very timely and I have been able to build my first Dulcimer. I was very pleased with the plans, strings and tuners. I plan to do it again. Thanks.
I used my gift cards to purchase a set of 3 Nina Zanetti dulcimer tab books for two or more(duets). Great perk for being a loyal Folkcraft customer! You rock Richard, thanks for stocking great books.
I have several of Larry Conger's music books. I like his style of writing music. I do not usually play fast tunes but with this book and practice I feel I will be able to do so.
Ordered walnut dulcimer kit with changes Butternut top with heart vines cut in top the extra changes were worth the extra cost .Fast delivery two days quality was top of the line .Turned out as a great looking and sounding Dulcimer thank you Richard I will shop again Joe
Quick response and very helpful.
Everything i had ordered for my dulicmers have been nothing but the best.
I have used these on my custom McSpadden 6 string. They seem to last forever, and produce a nice smooth, mellow tone. With a nice Folksy sound as well. Plus they look killer on this Dulcimers Ebony fingerboard and Black Tuners. Just a nice artistic touch besides the amazing sound and quality.
The plan layout is exceptional…. no if’s buts or ands… I have not found an instruction book for dulcimer construction, so one of those would be great too. Having made several ukuleles, I’m not completely helpless, but for a first timer, instructions would be fantastic.
I like me Silver Shark Tuner. It is easy to use! I will always order Silver Shark Tuner from Folkcraft Instruments. They have quality products! They are quick to fill your order! Thank You!
Called about missing part pin for string was in mail that day received next day no charge .Able to play Dulcimer that day.What a great kit quality was top of the line thank you Richard .Joe
I was having quite a lot of trouble finding this size Delrin and at a reasonable price. These have worked very well. The fact that they're always in stock is very reassuring. With the fast shipping that these guys offer, it's even better.
These are well cut and easily inserted. And they look great also. I'd like to try some of the smaller ones next. But these have worked very well and I can recommend them highly. Fast shipping as well from these people.
I have Folkcraft Straps on all my dulcimers. They're wonderful, convenient, and understated which I like. They are well made and have no loose strap ends like some others I've seen. My only caution about them is to not use a leather softener on the leather ends. It makes them too soft and not secure enough on the strap buttons. I had to use a guitar lock (it looks like a large plastic washer) to make me trust that strap not to pull off. But this problem is my bad, not Folkcraft's.