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Object Name Dulcimer
Catalog Number 1981.39.1
Maker Thiel, Thomas A.
Date 1973
Material(s) Rosewood; walnut
Dimensions H-2.75 W-34.25 D-7 inches
Description This dulcimer was made in 1973 by Tom Thiel. The soundboard is butternut. This "hourglass" shaped piece has four oval sound holes. The body wood (including head, tail, fingerboard, and tuning pegs) is Brazilian Rosewood. (Trade in Brazilian Rosewood has been prohibited since 1991. However this wood was purchased in 1971 from a company that had imported it in 1940.) The peg head is carved in the shape of a stylized snake with an open mouth. The strumming hollow has no veneer. There are fourteen nickel frets and four friction-fitted tuning pegs. The dulcimer is fitted with three strings but there is a slot and tuning peg for a second melody string. The nut (near tuners) and saddle (near butt end) both are probably beef bone but could be legal ivory.
Notes Collected by the Kentucky Arts Commission for a traveling crafts exhibition in 1976.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Thiel, Thomas A.
Subjects Music
Musical instruments
Musical instrument industry
Wood carving
Wood work
Wood working
Crafts (Handicraft)
Search Terms Music
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS