Let me introduce myself, I am Peter Bromwich and I live in the Vale of Pewsey in WIltshire with my lovely wife, Diane.
I started making hammered dulcimers in the early 1980’s. The first one I made was from plans I got from the Smithsonian institute after an exchange of letters that took about 2 months and culminating in me going to my banks to get an international cheque for about $20 to send them for the pamphlets and plans I wanted. Something you would probably download for free during your tea break! I made a dozen dulcimers in various styles, floating and fixed soundboards, solid and plywood soundboards, deep and shallow bases and was really starting to get into it when disaster struck, I started doing well at work and got totally absorbed into my job! Sadly I stopped making and playing the dulcimer, maybe knocking out a few tunes every now and again, but mammon had got me.
However I never really stopped making things and in 2012 I went on a week long woodworking course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis. Following that I made a wooden Canadian canoe which my wife and I use on the nearby canal.
Here is the link to my blog site.
In 2015 having stopped working full time I went on a 12 week residential woodworking skills and furniture design and making course at Lyme Regis. I am proud to say I achieved my City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in construction and Level 3 Boat Academy Diploma in furniture design and constuction at the end of the course. My final project was to build a hammered dulcimer with some of the new skills I had learnt. The picture shows me playing it at the local pub on folk night.
Here are some of the lovely things people make for their projects Boat Building Academy furniture projects
Here is the link to my project:
And my graduate case study
I have a workshop in my garden, I do not have a factory churning out endless instruments and small furniture, I also use hand tools and do not have any laser guided, computer driven cutting machines, so everything is made by my hand, in my workshop, and is unique.