Here is the bench with a stack of black walnut, curly claro walnut, curly maple and some reclaimed redwood waiting to become dulcimers tops, backs and sides.
And here is some vertical grain mahogany a friend gave me. He bought the plank 25 years ago! Some walnut is thrown in for flavor and color. It will become fretboards with fingerboard overlays of various woods.
This is the stage of making a dulcimer that is really more akin to woodworking. There will be lots of sawdust and shavings!