Worth Woodworks

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well.


The Appalachian or lap dulcimer – also called the mountain dulcimer – first appeared in Scots-Irish immigrant communities in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the early 19th century. The music of Appalachia has been widely influenced by Scots-Irish settlers, and the dulcimer is an integral part of that heritage.

Walnut body
redwood top

Walnut & Redwood Dulcimer

Walnut body
walnut top

Walnut Dulcimer

Cherry body
cherry top

Cherry Dulcimer

Redwood body
cherry top

Cherry & Redwood Dulcimer

About these instruments

I've built mountain dulcimers for 35 years in West Virginia, now for several years in Tennessee, in the hope of keeping these musical traditions alive. I hope my instruments will bring pleasure and joy to the player and listener alike.

Worth dulcimers are owned and played by such renowned musicians as Bruce Cockburn, David Wilcox, Peter Mayer, Johnsmith, John McCutcheon and Terri Hendrix.


I use mostly native hardwoods such as walnut and cherry, as seen in the dulcimers above, though I've made others of maple, poplar, chestnut, sassafras and sycamore. I sometimes use exotic woods such as mahogany, sapele, koa or purpleheart. Call or write if you're looking for something special or if you'd like to see any that I have on hand.

All Worth instruments have a hand-rubbed satin finish and are numbered in the order that I make them. I strive to build quality instruments at an affordable price. I make dulcimers with three or four strings with a choice of soundholes. Most often, I make them with guitar tuners but I can make them with banjo tuners as well. Dulcimers may be provided with a padded canvas case with a zipped pouch, which you also may buy directly from my supplier. A case is highly recommended to provide proper protection for your instrument.

Shipping for each dulcimer is $20