Hand-built from the Finest American Materials

My goal is making Appalachian dulcimers of superb beauty, projection, voice and action. The information in these pages will give you lots of details about what models I offer and my dulcimer building techniques, which you can use to learn how to build a mountain dulcimer.

I would just like to thank you for all the information you have given free on your website. As an amateur luthier your guide to building dulcimers has helped me a great deal with many of the problems I encountered whilst building instruments and has given me more insight into how to improve my designs.

It's given me a lot to think about and has been very informative. The most useful resource I have found online. – Aedan Jenner, Plymouth, UK

Take a little jaunt through Bear Meadow... 

  • How Bear Meadow achieves such amazing responsiveness, dynamic range and pitch accuracy!
  • Listen to some music played on Bear Meadow Dulcimers.
  • If you're shopping -- or window shopping -- for dulcimers, start here
  • If you are wanting to see how I build dulcimers, what materials go into them, how I design, see Building Dulcimers (Lots of building tips there for other dulcimer makers, too!)
  • If you are looking for a way to change to new strings, or a builder looking for a fret spacing calculator, check out "Calculators" on the menu
  • Want to learn how to build a dulcimer? Or want to apprentice and get serious about a career in the art of building stringed instruments? Check out "Studying at Bear Meadow" on the menu
  • If you want to find out a little about me, Dwain Wilder, and what my history in the dulcimer world is, check out "About Bear Meadow" (Leave a note in the Guestbook if you'd like...)
  • And, if you'd like to send an e-mail, ask a question, go to "Contact Us"
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Bear Meadow Appalachian Dulcimers