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Molly McCurdy
  • Female
  • Waynesville, NC
  • United States
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Molly McCurdy's Friends

  • albert wayne hester II
  • Carol Rose
  • Barbara Lomas
  • Helen Seiler
  • Shawn McCurdy
  • Mike Murdock
  • Guy Duke
  • cyndi spear-duncan
  • Carrie Barnes
  • Benjamin W Barr Jr
  • Kay Lancaster
  • Virginia Oman
  • Terry Lupardus
  • Larry Conger
  • George Beckwith

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Molly McCurdy's Discussions

LOOKING FOR DULCIMER TABS FOR "WAYFARING STRANGER"
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Do any of you have dulcimer tablature for "Wayfaring Stranger?"  I can't find it anywhere and want to learn it.  If I knew it well enough, I could probably figure it out, but I don't remember all of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Molly McCurdy Sep 7, 2013.

Sound holes on dulcimer sides
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Hello.  Have any of you ever made a dulcimer with the sound holes on the dulcimer sides instead of on the top?  I've seen one like this, but never heard one.  Does it make a difference in the way the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Molly McCurdy May 28, 2013.

How do I fix a crack?
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My granddaughter dropped a steel ball on the back of my favorite dulcimer and put a big crack in it.  Is there any way to repair a crack?  It's along the wood grain, and barely noticeable to the eye,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Hulme Jun 30, 2011.

Teak oil or tung oil?
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I'm building a dulcimer out of walnut with a zebrawood top.  Someone told me that the only finish you can use on zebrawood is teak oil.  Before I go out and buy some, I wanted to ask if anyone has…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Molly McCurdy May 29, 2011.

 

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What everyone's up to!...

Molly McCurdy replied to James's discussion 'Gig bags' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Hello.  I make quilted or lined fabric bags with shoulder straps for $40.00 plus shipping, and they're on sale right now for $35.00 plus shipping.  You can see them on my website, www.dulcimersbymolly.com.  My contact information…"
Saturday
Molly McCurdy replied to Marc Mathieu's discussion 'A favorite Beatles tune' in the group Rockin' in the Free World
"I loved it! I'm a hard-core Beatles fan, and have tried to figure out how to play this song unsuccessfully. May I ask how you have your dulcimer tuned?"
Aug 13
Molly McCurdy and albert wayne hester II are now friends
Jul 30
albert wayne hester II commented on Molly McCurdy's photo
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Dragonfly Dulcimer #1

"Wow that is nice."
Jul 29
Patty from Virginia commented on Molly McCurdy's photo
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Dragonfly Dulcimer #1

"Now that is special!!! Yes it is!!! I do love wood burning. Reminds me a bit of leather carving but with wood instead of leather."
Jul 29
folkfan commented on Molly McCurdy's photo
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Dragonfly Dulcimer #1

"Very nice dragonflies.  I like the cutting and woodburning technique myself."
Jul 29
Molly McCurdy commented on Molly McCurdy's photo
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Dragonfly Dulcimer #1

"Yes, I did, Colleen.  I carved them out with a Dremmel and woodburned the bodies."
Jul 29
Colleen Hailey commented on Molly McCurdy's photo
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Dragonfly Dulcimer #1

"Your dragonflies are cool!  Did you make them yourself?"
Jul 29
Molly McCurdy replied to Strumelia's discussion 'Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!'
"My guess is 423."
Jul 29
Molly McCurdy posted photos
Jul 29
David Lynch replied to Molly McCurdy's discussion 'Any hope for this mistake?'
"joe, just in case you didn't know, Titebond is also reversible with heat.  "
Mar 23
Joe Robison replied to Molly McCurdy's discussion 'Any hope for this mistake?'
"If you used hide glue, you can lift the portion of the soundboard by inserting a hot knife into the glue joint, then slice off the portion with the mistake and replace it with matching wood.  I made this mistake once by not lining up my pattern…"
Feb 25
Molly McCurdy replied to marg's discussion 'capo's' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Hi, Marg.  I've seen capos made with some common hardware before.  I'll try to describe what it looked like and what it was made with.  It had a 2" screw with a wing nut, two round wooden pieces, such as a 1/2"…"
Jan 21
Molly McCurdy replied to Diana Cash's discussion 'Dulcimer kit questions' in the group Dulcimer Making
"You might try using vinegar to soften the glue and get the pieces apart.  I've had to do that before.  I just wet a clean cloth with vinegar and wrapped it around the piece I needed to remove.  I did have to work at it just a…"
Jan 9
Jim Fawcett commented on Molly McCurdy's photo
Dec 26, 2013
Molly McCurdy posted photos
Dec 26, 2013

Profile Information

My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
I'm a dulcimer enthusiast and luthier in Waynesville, NC. Been building custom designed mountain dulcimers for 35 years.
Where and how I first saw or heard a mountain dulcimer...
Was first introduced to the dulcimer in Branson, MO, about 40 years ago.
My website (if I have one):
http://www.dulcimersbymolly.com
Why I want to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
referred by a friend

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At 5:51pm on August 29, 2013, Shawn McCurdy said…

Hi Molly, nice to meet you! McCurdy is my married name (nee Lovette). My husband Jim's family is from the Philadelphia/Long Island area. Coincidentally, my Mom and Dad lived in Atlanta, not too far from Stone Mountain, until after I was born, so who knows, maybe we ARE related!

At 6:15pm on August 28, 2013, Helen Seiler said…
Thanks Molly. It probably wont be for a while now. I recently bought one off a member on here. But one of your dulcimers is still very much on my wish list.
At 10:39pm on June 14, 2013, Helen Seiler said…

G'day Molly, I was just looking at the three lovely dulcimers you have put up for sale to solve your 'little' emergency.  I fear they may be well beyond my budget but i thought i would ask how much each was and the vsl of each. I am in Australia and have bought dulcimers from the US, so i am aware of shipping costs. They are all very individual and beautiful dulcimers. Helen

At 10:49pm on December 6, 2011, cyndi spear-duncan said…
Pretty work!
At 10:21pm on August 7, 2011, Ramona Orton said…
Nice work, Molly.  I'll have to go some to ever catch up.  I like your variety. I am kinda partial to woodburning, as well.  Ramona
At 1:57pm on July 20, 2011, Virginia Oman said…
the female figures with teardrop shape  is lovely too. I'm sorry you don't live closer...I'd love to come hang out with you. I was just visiting a friend in Mooresville and Blowing Rock. A re you anywhere near those places?
At 1:50pm on July 20, 2011, Virginia Oman said…
Hey Molly...nice to see another Virginia in the house.  So how did you learn to build dulcimers and do you know of other female builders??
At 3:33pm on July 12, 2011, Regina Bartlett said…

You have some amazing dulcimers...great work!

 

At 4:01am on July 11, 2011, Geekling said…

Thanks, Molly! It really is an excellent stand. Anyway, I’m certainly glad to help. I can’t wait to see the version you come up with—I’m sure it’ll be lovely!

At 4:18am on July 10, 2011, Geekling said…

Hi, Molly! For my birthday, my boyfriend gave me a similar dulcimer/music stand to the one Erwin Nistler made. It was purchased on eBay. Of course, I don’t have the satisfaction of personally designing and building such a useful and well-crafted stand—Erwin should feel rightly proud of his handiwork—but I don’t have Erwin’s woodworking skills! Judging from the gorgeous dulcimers you make, obviously you do! Anyway, here’s a link to a picture of my stand: http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/photo/dulcimer-stand-with-music?context=user, and here’s a picture of the stand holding a dulcimer: http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/photo/black-mountain-on-dulcimer?context=user. I included a detailed description on the first page precisely because I figured other members might be interested in buying one, too. At the very least, you might get some ideas about how to build your own. I hope this helps!

 
 
 

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