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Molly McCurdy
  • Female
  • Waynesville, NC
  • United States
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  • Carol Rose
  • Barbara Lomas
  • Helen Seiler
  • Shawn McCurdy
  • Mike Murdock
  • Guy Duke
  • cyndi spear-duncan
  • Carrie Barnes
  • Benjamin W Barr Jr
  • Vicki Shadlock
  • Kay Lancaster
  • Fat Cotton
  • June Zachary
  • Virginia Oman
  • Terry Lupardus

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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.

Looking for Spalted Sycamore

Hi, everyone.  I'm looking for a piece of spalted sycamore for a dulcimer top.  Anybody have some they'd like to sell, or know where I might get some?  Thanks!Continue

Started Mar 17, 2013

Looking for spalted sycamore
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I'm looking for a piece of spalted sycamore for a soundboard.  If you have any that is really pretty, please contact Molly McCurdy at (828)456-8676, or e-mail…Continue

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

 

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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
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"Thank you, Sarah."
Sep 24, 2013
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"Lovely. "
Sep 24, 2013
Molly McCurdy replied to Strumelia's discussion 'PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting items for sale here. New suggested small Donation for sellers.'
"Strumelia, I have a dulcimer I need to sell quickly, but don't have my debit card with me. I'm going to go ahead and post the dulcimer with my promise to make a donation as soon as I get back home to where my card is. Don't mind…"
Sep 23, 2013
Molly McCurdy posted photos
Sep 23, 2013
Molly McCurdy replied to Mike Murdock's discussion 'Latest build' in the group Dulcimer Making
"That's gorgeous, Mike!"
Sep 15, 2013
Molly McCurdy replied to John C. Knopf's discussion 'Cherry and Curly Maple Galax' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Very nice, John."
Sep 10, 2013
Molly McCurdy replied to Molly McCurdy's discussion 'LOOKING FOR DULCIMER TABS FOR "WAYFARING STRANGER"'
"Thank you, Guys!"
Sep 7, 2013
Kenneth W. Longfield replied to Molly McCurdy's discussion 'LOOKING FOR DULCIMER TABS FOR "WAYFARING STRANGER"'
"Here is the tab from from the Dulcimer Association of Alabama in Huntsville. http://www.hsvmda.com/sites/default/files/tabs/WayfaringStranger.pdf"
Sep 6, 2013
Molly McCurdy posted a discussion

LOOKING FOR DULCIMER TABS FOR "WAYFARING STRANGER"

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 the melody.  If you do have it, would you be able to scan it & e-mail it to me?  My e-mail address is molly@dulcimersbymolly.com.  Thanks!See More
Sep 6, 2013
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Sep 5, 2013

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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 11:25pm on August 1, 2011, Vicki Shadlock said…

Wow thanks Molly! I checked out that site. Their dulcimers are very nice and the prices seem pretty reasonable. Have you seen these dulcimers in person? Do you know what they sound like? I still want to make my own but I have a feeling I'm going to be hooked and one won't be enough.

 

 

Vicki

At 7:47pm on August 1, 2011, Vicki Shadlock said…

Thanks Molly. I will check them out again. They are actually one of the companies in the running if I get a kit, the other being McSpadden. I want to see if the place near me can give me what I need, then I can get it right away instead of waiting for the shipping. Right now we are getting ready for holidays and I don't want to order anything that might be arriving while we're gone. I find when I'm designing something it has a tendency to evolve no matter how careful the plans were made.  I think there's a dulcimer club only half an hour away from me. If the info I have is correct they are meeting this Thurs. I'm anxious to meet up with some dulcimers in person and get some more ideas.

 

 

Vicki

At 6:58pm on August 1, 2011, Vicki Shadlock said…

I only wish. Right now I'm still in the learning process. I have designed a plan for a dulcimer and am currently researching the parts. I was hoping to give it a go without a kit but am having some trouble finding the wood in the size I need in my area, at least in the thickness I want. I'm thinking a trapezoid shaped sound box in black walnut, either all black walnut or with a Sitka spruce soundboard with a 26" VSL just to keep it simple. There's one place near me that sells supplies for guitars but I need to talk to them to see if I can custom order the wood. I want it to be decent even if it will be my first. We'll see, I may have to buy a kit yet. There's lots of info here but I'm sure I'll be looking for advice.

 

 

Vicki

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??
 
 
 

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