Learn more about the history of the dulcimer and get an inside glimpse of handcrafted Appalachian dulcimers and Ban-jammers (a combination of a banjo and a dulcimer), made of local wood by owner Mike Clemmer. Appreciate the heavy contrast of our black walnut to the gentle blush of Tennessee cherry at Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop on East Lamar Alexander Parkway in beautiful Townsend. Clemmer’s dulcimers are made of all local wood, including walnut, wormy chestnut, sassafras, butternut and cherry, and they are so popular they often must be ordered ahead of time. Clemmer also makes special-order dulcimers and has made them in sound-hole patterns ranging from wildcats to dogwoods. He sells his dulcimers around the world and has one on almost every continent. Clemmer also builds an instrument that is a combination of the Dobro slide guitar and the Appalachian dulcimer. And, two versions of the Ban-Jammer are available: the “Deluxe” model, made of walnut, cherry or maple wood, and the “Tennessee Special,” which is made out of the tulip poplar, Tennessee’s state tree. There’s room for people to pick and play on the front porch and on a stage out back. Sweet music, indeed.
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