It seems that in
the world of hammered dulcimers my hammers are
unique. So I've finally decided to make them
available on a more regular basis. I really only
make one style of hammer, but I do offer it in a
variety of woods. The various woods will make a
difference in the weight of the hammer and in
turn affects the balance. The heavier woods like
ebony tend to be more nose heavy in the balance,
but many players prefer that as it takes less
effort to to really strike the strings hard and
you get more return bounce from the hammers as
breakdown reflects several factors. First, the
hammers are quite time consuming to make, (see my
page on making hammers
the way I do them) and secondly the type of woods
used. The harder woods are more difficult to work
with and are generally more expensive to buy as
The prices are:
$50.00 for light and medium weight hammers and
woods that are more common.
Cherry, Chakte Kok, Padouk and Imbuya
$75.00 for the
heavy and difficult to find woods.
I take paypal,
personal checks or money orders. Shipping cost
will be based on your location and be the actual
cost of sending the hammers.
All prices will
be in US dollars.
examples of hammers in the different woods that I
have available at the moment and will add what
the name of the wood and general weight, (light,
medium or heavy) after each hammer. You need to
bear in mind that the colour of the hammers can
vary quite a bit even in one piece of wood and
some colours change over time as they are exposed
to sunlight. Also effects like curly maple are
not always consistent or as intense in every
That said here
is a good example of those colour variations
this is Imbuya,
a very light weight wood and generally are rich
dark brown in colour, but if you get into the
heart wood it can be more of a golden yellow like
This pair of
Imbuya hammers came out of the same board that
the previous hammers were cut from.
Ebony, a very
hard wood, sometimes has flecks of white in it.
Beech, a light
wood close to maple in colour, but a little more
white, and often has small dark flecks or lines.
Can sometimes have some curl in the grain.
My most sought
after hammers, Curly maple, a fairly light weight
but good and hard
favorite, a nice weight about the same as maple,
maybe a bit heavier and that nice light brown
Ziricote, a substitute for ebony, it's also heavy
like ebony but has more variation in colour than
Chakte Kok, a
South American wood deep red in colour and
similar to maple in weight. This is one of those
woods that will change in colour over time and
become more golden brown.
Southern American hard wood, sometimes known as
the Mexican ebony as it has the same density and
weight. The board that I have is all heart wood
and so is light in colour but has a lot of curl
and spalting as seen in this picture. Normally
Katalox is quite dark sort of a rosewood colour
Padouk, is a
moderately heavy wood and is quite orange in
colour. Over time it will darken to an almost
walnut colour with just hints of orange.
Here is a
dulcimer that I built some years ago and trimed
started out as orange as the hammers in the
So I think
that's it for now, but quite a variety to choose
from. Imbuya, Ebony, Ziricote, Katalox, Maple,
Beech, Chakte Kok, Padouk and Cherry.
If you'd like to
try making your own hammers, here's a link to a
page I put together on how I make them.
Making your own hammers