Welcome to Archie Smith Instruments

Welcome to Archie Smith Instruments, Here you will find information on the different types of instruments that I make. Please use the links at the top of the page to navigate the site. Most pictures on the site enlarge if you just click on them. Now let me tell you a little bit about me.

In the tradition and spirit of the fine Old World Craftsmen, I work alone. I plan and design, “scout out” sources (from over the world) and acquire the varied and specific materials that I want. I then cut, saw, resaw, bookmatch, glue, sign, date, number, drill, clamp, trim, carve, cut out and prepare various materials for inlay, do the inlay work itself, shape, sand, spray, buff, press in anchors, screw in tuners, string, tune and play my instruments. (I also sweep up the sawdust.)

I make two types of instruments- the mountain or lap dulcimer and the bowed psaltery. Both are wooden string instruments and both have their own type of “voice”. In the creation of my instruments I expend much “tender love and care,” as well as much “blood, sweat, toil and tears”. People often ask me how long it takes to make one of my instruments. In all honesty, I have to answer that I really don’t know. I do not (I can not) keep account of how long it takes and I really do not want to know because it is a labor of love. It simply takes as long as it takes. For more general information on my instruments, click on the “more information” button below.

Please check out the Art Fair Schedule to see the art fairs where I will be exhibiting. Try to come by, look at my work and say “hello” if you get to one of these shows. I look forward to meeting you.