Carrboro, North Carolina - Dulcimer Building
Since 2006, Ed Gaunt has been handcrafting, restoring and repairing stringed instruments (and lots of other things made of wood) in his garage workshop. After building his first dulcimer from a McSpadden kit in the fall of that year, he then had to learn how to play it. So…how many dulcimers are enough? Well, just one more! And his collection started to grow. After building his second dulcimer, he decided to venture out and start making them from scratch…and selling them!
In addition to making dulcimers from the more traditional walnut, maple and cherry, he has also made dulcimers from a cedar fencepost from his father-in-law's farm, with wood from his wife's great-grandfather's 100+ year old tobacco barn, wood from a 105-year-old dairy barn, and pew wood from a 130 year old church. Ed even made a mountain dulcimer out of wood from an old hammered dulcimer! He has also made several ukuleles and a guitar and has repaired/restored two 100+ year old mandolins. Additionally, he repairs or refurbishes dulcimers, guitars, violins and cellos from area residents as well as from a local middle school.
Ed has also provided basic woodworking instruction (shop class!) to homeschool students, so he is ready to guide you through each step of the dulcimer building process. To conduct the class, Ed transports almost half of his shop from Carrboro to Cullowhee to provide you with all of the instructional materials, power tools, hand tools, building materials, and finishing supplies you will need to construct your very own custom-made dulcimer in four days. See more info on his Facebook page: @BolinCreekMusicalWood.