I am excited to plug them into my trusty ol’ PreSonus AudioBox iTwo tomorrow when they arrive!
Day 27: initial carving of the fingerboard, trimming the back to the sides, installing bracing for the back; listening to “Civil Wars“…
Initially carved finger board set sort-of in place on top of the dulcimer body, with bracing installed, and back trimmed to the sides:
The (current) winner for sound hole design:
Today I cut to length, then glued the sides of the dulcimer, along with the linings, which strengthen the connection between the sides, the top, and the back.
Getting ready, I needed to check that everything fits where it is supposed to go, how the clamps fit and inter-operate …
Next up, glue the sides to the peg block, tailpiece, and back. Glue the peg block and tailpiece to the back, too. What could possibly go wrong?
I made due with what heavy objects I could find on hand to provide downward pressure.
Then the bottom lining, held in place by a dull band-saw blade and a number of flexible strips of 1/8″ scrap, thusly:
Lastly for today, the top linings, which I will plane/scrape/sand flush to the sides tomorrow. So many clothes-pins!
Day 25: Spent a solid 6h in the shop, working on the other faces of the scroll.
Freehand and refining the high points:
Next, freehand and refining the texture of the scroll top and back:
Last, I started fitting the ribs and linings to the pegbox on the bending jig and seeing what sort of clamping might make sense.
I am trying to carve the scroll. I’ve not done this before, though I’ve got a good reference. I’m using a combination of dremel, chisels, gouges, and knives.
…and then the dremel died. Guess that’s it for tonight 🙂
I’ll still need to repeat all these cuts, cut-aways, and gouges on the other side, too.
Last night, I learned a new song, “Train on the Island”, to perform at the open mic night in Puerto Ayora 🙂
While the open mic didn’t happen due to a manager’s dispute with the D.J. (!), I did meet two musicians from Germany. They were with “Musicians Without Borders”, and had never heard of or seen a mountain dulcimer.
Audio of my first attempt playing and singing, unedited, unomptimized:
Well, there’s “fun”, and then there’s “attacked-by-feral-dogs-fun”. Quito is full of surprises.
Only the dulcimer case was damaged.
A bit nervy after that encounter, we tried for some creative time, and wound up enjoying an evening of contemporary dance entitled “Mnmosine” instead.
Today, I tried my hand at sketching a building near “El Belen” – I’m happy with it. My first sketch in a long time!
I also got to spend a little time playing a locally made Requinto Guitar 🙂