We use carbon fibre on the internal components of the instrument to reduce weight yet maintain the required strength. The Carbon fibre is not plainly visible so we maintain the lovely handmade wooden appearance of the instrument.
I also make small wooden boxes, based on the Fibonacci golden spiral, so have a look at my “boxes” page. Please feel free to use my contact page to get in touch, always happy to hear from fellow dulcimer players.
I live in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire and have been playing and building dulcimers since the early 1980’s and was fed up with lugging about 10kg of dulcimer and stand, having to arrive at sessions at least 30 mins early to get a spot that is not in the car park as the dulcimer is just so big. So after some research, a few prototypes and an amount of sweat and tears I am making a range of good sounding yet light and easily transportable dulcimers and stands.
Size really is not everything, small and light is good! Ask you physiotherapist!
So whats with the squiggle on the soundboard, you may ask?
That is a Fibonacci golden spiral. The dimensions are based on the Fibonacci number sequence (check out Fibonacci number) and are the perfect proportion. Also see my Fobonacci inspired boxes, a perfect gift to keep beautiful things in.