The peace and quiet, plane shavings and the small, granular shavings made by a rasp, the control and finish left by a card scraper; these are some of the joys of making dulcimers using hand tools.

Carving a dulcimer strum hollow by hand

I carve the ramp at the end of the fingerboard with a chisel and finish it with a plane. The strum hollow is carved with a rasp (a Nicholson #50 for those who care about such things) and cleaned up with the scraper.

Time to get back to work!