This post is inspired by a router bit that slipped in the chuck while working on a curly claro walnut and Adirondack spruce dulcimer this afternoon.
When I saw the bit was tearing through the side of the dulcimer a sense of calm came over me. I turned off the router. I looked at the gaping maw in the side of the dulcimer-to-be and thought of ways I could make an invisible repair, or perhaps use the opportunity to do something creative in the place where colorful, curly figured would have been plentiful.
But reason prevailed. The dulcimer was not even half built. I should just quit and start another.
And there was the cherry and spruce dulcimer that had been hanging around the shop for a few years that I knew I’d never let out the door. It was an experimental design that did not live anywhere near up to my expectations.
My solution as to what to do next was inspired by the work of my friend Michael C. Allen of Cloud Nine Musical Instruments.
Visible is the cherry and spruce dulcimer. The curly claro walnut and Adirondack spruce dulcimer served as kindling.
It is nice to have a fire on a cold day. I have no marshmallows to toast in the fireplace so I guess I will go back to the shop and get back to work.