This was my first stringed instrument. I used a commercial plan, but modified the tail block and peg head quite a bit to make it my own. I also added many details like the binding/purfling along the edges as well as raised and embellished the sound holes. The design of the sound holes was a collaboration between my wife Christina and I as we sat perched above a lake high in the Italian Dolomites.
It’s a teardrop-shaped mountain dulcimer with a curly soft maple body and morado bindings and fret board cap. Purfling is holly and morado. Hand-carved scroll on the peg head and inlayed marquetry butterfly on the back. Raised accents on the butterfly sound holes. Finish is blonde shellac and a French Polish, the first lime I attempted this technique.
See how I made it in this Slide Show
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All photo credits: Eric Mouffe & David Mouffe