Creator’s Showcase: Bernd Krause Handbuilding Dulcimers Presentation
July 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A discussion on how Krause builds dulcimers from cutting the tree to resawing the wood to final design and build. He will demonstrate how he hand bends the sides and assembles the dulcimers.
ARTIST BIO: Bernd Krause, Luthier, built his first dulcimer in 1978 using the plans he found in a library book! (You’ll be able to see that exact dulcimer in this exhibition.) Inspired by the project, he attended the Guitar Research and Design Center in So. Stratford, VT in 1980. He received his B.A. in Woodworking and Design from Empire State College.
Through the years he has built guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, banjos and other stringed instruments. He tries to use wood from already felled trees or rejected wood from lumber mills. He uses many native woods and accents many of his pieces with exotic woods.
He conducts demonstrations on dulcimer building at many festivals and at the New York State Fair. And he holds workshops on the history of the dulcimer for schools, historical societies and service organizations. In addition, he has taught high school shop classes on building dulcimers.
His skills have led him in other directions as well. He has built custom furniture for the Namgyal Monastery (The Dalai Lama’s North American Headquarters) in Ithaca, NY and builds custom boxes of many styles including Shaker boxes.
He is a member of the Guild of American Luthiers (GAL) and a member of the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA)
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