Dulcimer Building - Not Currently Offered

This class gives students the opportunity to build their very own custom Appalachian folk instrument. Each student will complete a working Strumstick (“Dulcimer Guitar”) under the instruction of a local luthier.

The Strumstick is an instrument based on the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer designed for ease of playability, transportability, and timeless folk tone. Most anyone can play one - from bare-bone beginners, to seasoned guitarists. The strumstick also lends itself perfectly to an introduction into the world of instrument building. During the building of this instrument, topics and techniques developed for the building of guitars, ukuleles, and violins will be used in order to jump start a new hobby in lutherie. Expect to build an instrument akin to the Seagull Merlin or Martin Backpacker, though each student will have the freedom to customize their design to an extent that is practical for the class.

This course will require the use of hand tools and power tools such as the band-saw and table-saw. Experience with power tools and hand tools is preferred but not required. Bring your picks and confidence!

For more information about the specifics of this class, contact Hank Montgomery at montgomeryhr@appstate.edu.

Instructor: Hank Montgomery
Enrollment: 5
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 146

 Hank Montgomery is a senior in Appalachian State’s Building Sciences department with a double concentration in Architectural Design/Technology and Sustainable Building Systems. He has been building guitars and ukuleles for the past 6 years. He studied at the Vermont Instruments School of Lutherie and is a current Guild of American Lutherie (GAL) member.

Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until the class fills or three working days before the class starts, whichever comes first:

  • FALL SESSION: August 10 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon

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PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Teri Reddick at reddickct@appstate.edu to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Dacia Trethewey, craftenrichment@appstate.edu

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard, reichardef@appstate.edu

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Teri Reddick at 828-262-2530 or email Teri Reddick at reddickct@appstate.edu.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.    ods.appstate.edu

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