I'm excited about my new find, reclaimed "wormy" American Chesnut. The wood is beautiful, and excellent for building dulcimers. The tiny worm holes are the result of the 1908 blight tha killed all standing Appalachian American Chesnut trees. Because the wood is so resistant to decay, it was used to build fences, barns, and houses. Now those same buildings are being reclaimed and the wood reused. The wormy wood is used for the soundboard (top), and the clear Chesnut, cut before the blight, used for the backs. Here is my first Chesnut, sold to fellow FOTMD member, John Hoover.
Here are John's comments about his new dulcimer: "Jack, The dulcimer arrived a few minutes ago and I am awestruck. The pictures do not do this beauty justice. Also, it maintained its tuning through the trip and the tone and sustain are awesome. I don't have the words to express my appreciation for your craftsmanship. Outstanding doesn't come close. I look forward to doing business with you again when the urge strikes me for another instrument. Thank you for this beautiful instrument. The whole transaction with you has been excellent. Hopefully I'll be posting a video on FOTMD in the near future. Dan"