I was born and raised on a farm in South Central Pennsylvania. In the heart of Pa Dutch country. While growing up there was always a double barrel shotgun, banjo, mandolin and dulcimer sitting in the front room. You knew not to touch the shotgun, but you could pick up and play the banjo, mandolin or dulcimer. When I was growing up, most Saturday evenings my grandfather would have 5 to 10 people over to the front room or in the summer the front porch they would bring their guitars, banjos, and mandolins (and sometimes a fiddle or 2). They would play well into the night. That's what inspired me to play, and later to build both banjos and dulcimers from my grandfathers patterns and notes. My Grandfather built me my first banjo and gave it to me the Christmas that I was 8. The first song I learned that Christmas was Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. I must have play that song a hundred times that Christmas. I would call it my round guitar. He would get mad at me and say it's a banjo. I still have and play it at times. It brings back a lot of memories when I was growing up. Where I grew up there was a little creek that was called Plum Creek spent many a summer day fishing there when I was a kid. Well after the 1972 flood the creek became a EPA drainage ditch. With a Cement bottom and sides. So thats where the name came from. Just like Granny Clampett she had a cement pond. I had a cement creek.... I ask him one day why he called his banjo "My Eagle" he told me that after he built his first banjo and sat down on the porch to play it. There was a Eagle roosting in a near by tree. He would often say to me go fetch my Eagle and sit a spell....Y'all come back now. You here!
Here At Plum Creek we are focused on providing quailty Dulcimers with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We will do everything we can to meet you expectations. All are finished in hand rubbed Tung Oil, in a traditional manner creating a scratch and wear resistance yet light and breathable finish. Tung Oil is difficult and time consuming and easy to mess up. It also is one of the finest finish on earth. With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Please look around our web site and if you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again! Check back time to time for new updates to our web site. There is much more to come! Thank you for visiting my web site.
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50% Redneck + 50% Hillbilly = 100% Pennsylvania Hick I live the American way! Or my version of it! Don't Blame this Appalachian-American I voted White. When you come for MINE! Better bring YOURS! Bibles~Bluegrass~BBQ the Holy Trinity
I am always on the lookout for maple or walnut trees that fell during storms or died.
I responsibly remove them & take them to a local sawmill and have the cut and milled to a rough length.
From there every board is air dryed for up to 2 years. This is a long process, but one I'm very proud of.
I try to use native wood and parts made in American when I can.
In picking up the Dulcimer and sitting on the porch the picker waives any and all rights to previous identity, Real or implied, And fully accepts the duties and responsibilties of a picker until such time that the picker becomes unable to do so either by accident or designs.
The chores are done for the day, and granny has taken her beloved rocking chair. As the mist comes down from the mountains, the music starts up. The sound of a Dulcimer erupts into the air, lifting everyone's spirits, and bringing a little magic into the world.