The material on the face of the hammers makes an enormous difference to the sound produced when you strike the strings.
Bare wood for a strident, loud and long ringing sounds. Great for playing in the open air and in sessions where you can be drowned out by the other instruments.
Leather for a softer, mellow sound. I use the shiny side for a louder sound and the softer underside for a more mellow and softer sound. Great for accompanying singing.
Here are some of the hammers I make.
These normall weigh in at 8-9 grams and can be double faced with leather, or one side leather and the other wood.
These weigh in at around 7-8 grams and have a single single leather and wood face.
These light weigh hammers weigh in at 5-6 gramms and have a single leather and wood face.
And just for fun I have some of these:
They are not for fast playing but with care you can play a tune or two!
Hammers are £30 a pair and are individually made. I usually sell these at dulcimer and folk events.
I can also send you some sets for you to try. You pay a returnable deposit , then return to me the ones you don’t want, you just pay for postage one way and the hammers you keep. Contact me with your requirements.
I make scissor stands suitable for sitting and playing. I make them in Ash, Beech or Pine, but can make them in any wood you desire, just contact me with your request and I will see what I can do! Prices start at £90.
They are simple and lightweight, no point having a light dulcimer and a heavy stand!
Seated Hammered Dulcimer stand by Dulcimer Heaven