Is it an award? No, but it feels the same way...tearing open the box...ripping out the paper (picture it flying through the air)...finally~
There it is...in all it's glory...wrapped in plastic (darn...one more thing to rip through)...
My new Mountain Dulcimer (or some call it an Appalachian Dulcimer)! Please bear in mind though I come from a very musical family I was given the gift of craft...not music.
When we walked in Mark Edelman's shop...who, by the way, teaches at John C Campbell School, I knew I would be going home with one, well, I had to wait for a couple days but that's okay. I knew I had one. He had me playing within 5 minutes...it truly is a very easy instrument to play. He told us the history of how the Scotch/Irish immigrants created an instrument that would produce the same *drone* sounds of a bagpipe...I knew I had to have one. A few years ago we visited a dulcimer shop in Meadows of Dan, VA and I really regretted not getting one then...but there was a reason~~this instrument called to me! It's made of spalted curly maple and the picture does it no justice at all! It's BEAUTIFUL! Notice the *birds*?!
Thanks to everyone who guessed...I thought I might fool ya!
Only one person came close to guessing what I bought and I think it is because she's from the area and knows from personal experience! My new friend Nancy at the Smoky Mountain Spinnery, she guessed I bought a *hammered dulcimer* close~very close. A hammered dulcimer takes much more skill than I can muster! If you are reading Nancy, I'll have you something in the mail in a couple weeks...when I get back from Hawks Nest!
Well...gotta go mess with it!
Keep on Knittin', Spinnin', Walkin' and....Pickin'!!