February 8, 2018 by archiesmith

The time has come to hang it up.  I can do no more shows and while I can do repairs, the instrument making is over.  I will still “mess around” in the shop when I feel like it, but that is about all. While I am out of the standard Bowed Psalteries, I have a […]


March 31, 2017 by admin

Dear Friends, I suppose that this is a continuation of my last blog, “What’s Next”?   Early in Feb., 2017, I had a totally unexpected quadruple bypass open heart surgery.  The surgery was successful (Yippee) and I am recovering nicely, but my back “absolutely and obstinately INSISTS on continuing to deteriorate” in spite of all my sincere […]

What’s Next

December 27, 2016 by admin

Now that circumstances have forced me to “throw in the towel” insofar as art and craft shows with my instruments are concerned, the question now arises,—What Next?  It would seem that, perhaps, I have loved exercising my creativity more than I have engaging in selling the instruments.  The result of this being that I have […]


December 13, 2016 by archiesmith

Dear Friends, As I mentioned in my blog of Sept. 26th, the time has come for me to “throw in the towel.”  I have just finished my last show.  It was in Atlanta and so now I am officially -barring some unforeseen miracle- out of the ART/CRAFT Show business.  However, as I also explained in […]

Regarding Plucked Psalteries

October 30, 2016 by archiesmith

My dear friends, I wrote in the blog below – “Unfortunately, the Time Has Arrived”,  that age, infirmities and circumstances are forcing me to retire and give up my musical instrument making.  This has been a big part of my life and I will miss it but I know that my “children” – the instruments, will go […]


September 26, 2016 by archiesmith

UNFORTUNATELY, THE TIME HAS ARRIVED   My dear friends, Unfortunately, the time has come for me to “throw in the towel” and retire.  Despite the fact that I am now 73, this is not a voluntary move, as my back (after 4 surgeries and 5 fused vertebra – with so much metal in my back […]

Aging Issues Rear Their Head

March 13, 2016 by archiesmith

    The time has arrived when I must reduce significantly the number of Arts & Craft shows that I will be able to do.  The reasons are two-fold – one is that I have reached the age of 72 with a bad back (metal rods, screws, etc.) and driving long distances for a show […]


May 21, 2015 by archiesmith

Since my accident (see It Finally Happened) I have not been able to demonstrate my Dulcimers since I cannot bend the remaining fingers on my right hand.  As a result of this, I have decided to concentrate on the Bowed Psaltery and stop making Dulcimers.  I still have a number of Dulcimers on hand and […]

March 2015 UPDATE – Good News & Better News

March 22, 2015 by archiesmith

  UPDATE – MARCH 2015 Good News and Better News     Dear Friends,   First the Good News – my back is continuing to heal nicely although not as quickly as my impatient self would wish. I had surgery last July (my fourth) but this one was a bit more serious. Had vertebra fused […]


September 17, 2012 by archiesmith

I have been simply blown away by the huge wave of support, good healing wishes and offers of help that has swept over me.  Don’t let anyone ever tell you that the artist community is not one very large extended family and I find myself being graced and blessed by support from that wonderful family.  […]