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Cabin Creek Hourglass-shaped Dulcimer

The Cabin Creek teardrop-shaped Mountain Dulcimer is in the historic Southwestern Virginia style. It is patterned after an historic instrument over 100 years old from this area. The Cabin Creek hourglass model is reminiscent of early mountain dulcimers from Kentucky.

The shapes of both styles are aesthetically beautiful and properly proportioned. Each is made from “scratch”. They are not assorted pieces bought from a supplier and put together. Every instrument is made by me, from rough lumber to finished instrument. Each Mountain Dulcimer is crafted with an aesthetically pleasing overhang, like a violin/fiddle and is signed, numbered and dated. Most of the woods used are native to appalachia and harvested from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Included with each instrument:

  • Instruction/ songbook
  • Pick and noter
  • A padded nylon case with accessory pocket and carrying strap
  • Extra strings and an electronic tuner/pickup are available – see the accessories page

Mountain Dulcimers pictured below are available for immediate sale:

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1132

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1132

The soundboard of this dulcimer as well as the entire instrument is made from local AMERICAN CHESTNUT also called wormy chestnut the disease that killed off this species in the early 1900’s. This chestnut came from a dismantled school in Jefferson, NC circa late 1900’s. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1131

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1131

RED CEDAR is the choice for the soundboard of this dulcimer. It has f hole sound holes. The rest of the instrument is black walnut. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1130

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1130

This dulcimer is constructed entirely of AMERICAN CHESTNUT harvested from a school in Jefferson, NC that was demolished circa late 1900’s. There are some characteristic tiny worm holes, mostly on the top, causing no problems only exhibiting a historic symbol of why american chestnut came to be called wormy chestnut. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1129

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1129

The soundboard of this mountain dulcimer is very straight grained medium brown WESTERN RED CEDAR with vine patterned sound holes. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1128

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1128

This dulcimer is constructed from several exotic and native woods. The soundboard is WESTERN RED CEDAR from the northwest. The fretboard is american maple from this region and has a very interesting grain and blends in well with the soundboard. The sides are light red mahogany and the back is an unknown wood though both come from Indonesia. The end blocks are padauk which comes from Africa. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1134

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)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1133

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1133

A very interestingly grained CHERRY comprises this instrument. Very distinct dark cherry and brown lines follow the grain of both the top and back making for a one of a kind unique dulcimer. There are also a few tiny worm holes scattered around both the top and back causing no problems whatsover. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1127

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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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1109

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1109

This is one beautiful totally wormy CHESTNUT dulcimer with traditional f hole soundholes. The wood came from an abandoned school in Jeffferson, NC circa late 1970’s. the dulcimer is for the person who appreciates history and a lot of spectacular character. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1125

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1125

The soundboard and sides of this mountain dulcimer are chestnut. The back is a catching oak. The soundholes are a vine motif.
The sound is moderately loud, clear, and full. It resonates really well with some sustain. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1123

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1123

This entire instrument (soundboard, sides, back) are made from WORMY BUTTERNUT. F-holes are the soundholes of choice. This is a one of a kind instrument. For me the look is stunning and eye catching. (Price: $495)

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Teardrop Dulcimer / #1122

Teardrop Dulcimer / #1122

This tear drop mountain dulcimer has a clear RED CEDAR soundboard. It has f-hole sound holes. The rest of the dulcimer is black walnut. The sound is medium-loud with a nice, balanced and clear voice (Price: $495)

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(SOLD) Hourglass Dulcimer / #1119

(SOLD) Hourglass Dulcimer / #1119

The soundboard of this hour glass mountain dulcimer is a very straight-grained piece of American CHESTNUT. The wood for this instrument came from an old elementary school that was demolished in the late 1970’s in Ashe county, NC. (Price: $495)

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Teardrop Dulcimer / #1113

Teardrop Dulcimer / #1113

This tear drop mountain dulcimer is made from all CHERRY. It has a distinctive vine sound hole. The sound is balanced with a beautiful tone. (Price: $495)

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Teardrop Dulcimer / #1100

Teardrop Dulcimer / #1100

WORMY AMERICAN CHESTNUT comprises the totality of this mountain dulcimer. It has vine motif sound holes. The sound is warm, clear and pleasingly mellow. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1108

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1108

This entire hourglass mountain dulcimer is constructed of BUTTERNUT (white walnut). It has f-hole sound holes. Worm holes dot the lower end of the soundboard, much like wormy chestnut. These non-problem tiny holes add character to this instrument. The sound is responsive, even from top to bottom and a joy to play. (Price: $495)

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(SOLD) Teardrop Dulcimer / #1098

(SOLD) Teardrop Dulcimer / #1098

This entire mountain dulcimer is made from AMERICAN CHESTNUT except for the end blocks which are oak and blend in nicely with the chestnut. The sound holes are two elongated and traditional f-holes. There are a half-dozen worm holes on the soundboard and a dozen on the back, giving charm to the instrument. The sound is very warm, nicely mellow and pleasingly melodic. (Price: $495)

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Teardrop Dulcimer / #1112

Teardrop Dulcimer / #1112

All BLACK WALNUT embodies this tear drop shaped mountain dulcimer. It is graced with a moon and stars designed sound hole. The sound is mellow, with a very pleasant melodic tone. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1120

Hourglass Dulcimer / #1120

This entire hour glass mountain dulcimer is constructed of BUTTERNUT (white walnut) It has moon and stars sound holes. The voice is full, resonant and very responsive. This is a very good sounding instrument. (Price: $495)

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Hourglass Dulcimer / #1110

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)

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Teardrop Dulcimer / #1095

Teardrop Dulcimer / #1095

BUTTERNUT wood comprises this entire mountain dulcimer. The sound holes are a moon and stars motif, and the sound is very lively, it rings out and is moderately loud (Price: $495)

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