Strings attached: Making dulcimers a labour of love
By Julia Wilkes and Sarah West
For Michael and Huguette Sedore, the stick dulcimer has become a home business and a labour of love.
At half the size of the classic six-string guitar, the couple have been making and marketing ‘stick’ dulcimer for about three years now. They started by making them for fun, and were urged by their friends to sell them.
Sedore makes the instruments in his basement workshop, while his wife designs the displays, straps, and cases, and sells the instruments at craft fairs and artisan markets.
It takes Mike about 10 hours to make an instrument and each one is crafted with the utmost care and precision. Prices range from $128 to $313, depending on the style and complexity of the instrument.
“It’s hard to say how long I see myself doing this for. Three years ago I never would’ve guessed I’d be here, so it’s difficult to say where I’ll be in another three years, but I’m not nearly finished with this yet.”