Creative photos and essays from the San Juan Islands

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Custom made hammer dulcimer

Custom made hammer dulcimer

Made in Alaska, this cedar hammer dulcimer (sometimes referred to as hammered) was taken in trade for some printing I did when I had my commercial print shop. I had dreams of learning how to play in, and hopes of getting into that back-to-the-land groove that so appealed to me.

As Thoreau said about the materials gathered in one’s youth to build a castle in the sky (where dreams belong) I ultimately sold this to a hippie on Orcas Island. Hopefully he was able to tune it and find some hammers to play it.

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