Handcrafted Appalchian Folk Instruments

Cabin Creek Musical Instruments

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Curated Handmade Instruments
Made in Appalachia
Priced Fairly
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Meet Walter

Walter handcrafted his instruments for over 20 years. He started out in the early 1980s with an apprenticeship with Albert & Audrey Hash. This time with the Hash’s informed not only his instrument making skills but also the values of sharing, giving, helping, caring, accepting, and loving.

He carried these values through in Cabin Creek Music, by:

  • Personally taking each order: taking time to speak with you, and helping you pick the right instrument & making sure you have everything you need to start playing!
  • Handcrafting each instrument in his workshop in Whitetop, VA: His instruments are never made from a “kit,” each one is handmade with lumber from the Blue Ridge Mountains and numbered.
  • Fair pricing: Some makers charge almost double what Walter does, his instruments are handmade, high-quality, and fairly priced. Plus each dulcimer includes: a songbook, a pick or hammers, and a case.

Walter is now retired from making instruments, we intend to keep his part in the history of Grayson County, VA alive by using this website to curate instruments that are like the ones he made: Handcrafted in Appalchia, and priced fairly.

If you’d like to read more about Walter, visit this page.

Check Out Some of Walter’s Instruments

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You can see all of his instruments for sale here.

(SOLD) Hourglass Dulcimer / #1110

The soundboard of this mountain dulcimer is knot-free RED CEDAR with interesting moon and stars sound holes. The sound is on the mellow side with a nice sustain. It is medium loud with a warm, clear voice. (Price: $495)

(SOLD) Hourglass Dulcimer / #1134

Medium iight brown SASSAFRAS graces the top of this hourglass dulcimer. The rest of the instrument is black walnut. The soundhole is a nicely patterned wheat design. (Price: $495)

(SOLD) Hourglass Dulcimer / #1127

The soundboard of this unique dulcimer is historic YELLOW POPLAR with vine motif soundholes rescued from Rocky Mount, TN the first capitol of the SW Territories, circa late 1800’s. The rest of the instrument is constructed from black walnut. The sound is very pleasant, balanced and melodic. (Price: $495)

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Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers

Hammered Dulcimers

Bowed Psalteries

“I picked up the psaltery from the Post Office this morning and I’m soooo pleased with it. It has a lovely sweet voice from top note to lowest and responds to the bow so nicely. And it’s quite beautiful to look at. You are an exquisite artist.”

Chris