Whamdiddle is Seattle Hammered Dulcimer performer and luthier Rick Fogel. Rick, a physicist by schooling, is also an innovator of dulcimer designs, a hard rock sculptor, avid outdoorsman, and one of the country's only makers of “Bones”, a rhythm instrument from antiquity. On this site you'll be able to browse and purchase Bones, Handmade Hammered Dulcimers and accessories, unique hammers and rock sculptures, Hammer Dulcimer CDs and booklets, and download information essential for any Hammered Dulcimer player and/or builder.

Upcoming Whamdiddle Events

  • I will be performing and teaching at the 2016 Hammer Dulcimer Rendezvous (http://nwdulcimer.com/) from April 21 through April 24. The festival is at the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind at 43233 Southeast Oral Hull Road, Sandy OR 97055. This is the premier hammer dulcimer event in the Northwest. Contact Mick Doherty at mick@nwdulcimer.com to sign up.
  • Rick will teach a Spring Bones Class at Dusty Strings from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 14.  . Call (206) 634-1662 to register.
  • Rick will be teaching a class entitled Beginning Hammer Dulcimer at Dusty Strings on six Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and June 7, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, $120.  Call (206) 634-1662 to register. This class will cover all the basics of the hammer dulcimer, including: layout of notes, tuning, hammers, and stands. During each class we will learn a new tune, chords, playing backup for the tune, and a little music theory. All levels of beginners are welcome even if you have never played music before. Dusty Strings has instruments available to rent if you do not have one. For most people the hammer dulcimer is a very easy instrument to play…it is like two fingers on the white keys of a piano!
  • Rick Fogel/WHAMDIDDLE has three appearances at Folklife 2016. All are on Saturday May 28 and are as follows:
  • (1) 11:40 am to 12:10 pm at the Folklife Café (in the opera house) Rick will be playing on three hammer dulcimers (soprano, 5-octave, and 5-octave bass) spanning over seven octaves. Instrumental pieces will include: La LLorona (traditional Mexican), Farewell (Turlough O’Carolan), Lefty’s (Robert Head), Clarinet Polka , and two originals.
  • (2) 3 to 3:50 pm Rick will be teaching Beginning Bones Playing in the Rhythm Tent on the lawn near the fountain. Bones are a percussion instrument that is portable, unbreakable, inexpensive, easy to play any kind of music, prehistoric in origin, and always in tune. Many people have not heard bones playing, so with a little practice you will create a delightful surprise. There will be many different wood bones available for you to borrow or purchase.
  • (3) 5 to 5:50 pm Rick will be teaching Beginning Hammer Dulcimer in the Armory Loft (Music Workshops in the old Center House). This workshop will cover all the basics of the hammer dulcimer, including: layout of notes, tuning, hammers, stands, and instructions on playing. Participants need not bring a dulcimer if you do not have one. All levels of beginners are welcome even if you have never played music before. Asking questions will be encouraged. For most people the hammer dulcimer is a very easy instrument to play…it is like two fingers on the white keys of a piano!
  • On June 4, 2016 I will be performing on hammer dulcimer and singing bass with the Issaquah Singers for our annual concert.  The concert will start at 2 pm at the Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 NE Inglewood Hill Dr., Sammamish, WA. Admission is by donation.
Whats New at Whamdiddle
  • These finger-bow-hammers were inspired by Korey Johnson and the playing of Michael Masley (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJRJS3HSl6M). They are made of wood, black Mongolian horsehair, plastic, thread, and guitar finger picks. They each weigh about .56 ounces (16 grams) and are 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) long. To order please send an email or call. You can pay with a check, credit card or I can send a PayPal invoice. The price is $70 per pair with rosin included. Shipping is $4.00 within the USA. I can usually ship within two weeks if I do not have any in stock when you order.

  • I have a new poster and leaflet to describe my instruments. You can print it by downloading it to a travel drive and taking it to a copy shop that can do 11” x 17” copies.

  •                       REIKI ACOUSTICALLY


  • Marcia and Richard (with client)

  • We are a wife and husband team committed to using our gifts to help you enhance your well being by strengthening your body's innate healing ability.   We offer a designer healing service. While Marcia delivers Reiki energy for you, Richard composes, while playing, original therapeutic hammer dulcimer music inspired by your energy. Our sessions are individualized for your unique needs and desires. Your session will be audio recorded and copied to a CD for you to keep. If you wish, you can listen to your original music at home while doing the Chakra meditation taught to you by Marcia.  For more information go to:  www.reikiacoustically.com
  •  Artist Statement:

                                           CIRCULAR BREATHING

We show our innermost feelings with every breath, and I am excited to have this opportunity to display a few things for which I breathe. Whether performing my own music on ancient instruments that I have redesigned and built, or creating rock sculptures from stones I have found while traveling, I thrive on the spontaneity of the moments when my music is a little better than usual, or I find an attractive stone, or create a beautiful shape. The best air for breathing happens when an audience picks up on these feelings, gets a glimpse into my excitement, and then feeds this enthusiasm back to me. Then I breathe deeper and feel more creative, and thus a circle is formed.                                                           Rick Fogel March 2012


Also Available by special order (Please call or write):

  • DVD of Building a Hammer Dulcimer by Rick Fogel. NHK Japan and KCTS 9 Seattle produced it, and the DVD shows me building a Five-Octave Hammer Dulcimer in my old shop in Greenwood (Seattle WA). Also included is a special feature of a slide show of the actual filming. This 20-minuet video shows most of the steps in building a hammer dulcimer in detail. See if you can find the misquote by the narrator (Alice Ikeda). The cost is $12 postage paid. Contact me to order.
  • Cards and Fiddlesticks can now be ordered directly at ETSY.com (search for Whamdiddle).
  • Whamdiddle Fiddlesticks.

  • I now have note cards for any occasion. Each card has a unique combination of woods and chip carvings and is signed with my signature “W”. A copper binding wire holds two blank, folded sheets of writing paper inside. The cards are 5” by 7” and the wood centerpiece is at least 1” square.   The card itself is a gift. The recipient can frame the card as a miniature art piece or reuse it by replacing the interior writing paper. Each card is numbered with the month and year in was made. 
  • New hammer design available with secondary percussive head design. View our hammers.
  • Only at Whamdiddle, the Hammer/Bow, for subtle “bowing” effects. Hammer/Bow sound clip
  • Rick's latest solo Hammered Dulcimer CD, “Golliwog’s Gymnopedies.” Listen/Buy  Here are two reviews of my latest CD Gollywog’s Gymnopedia. One is by Chris Lunn in Ancient Victorys and the other is by Dan Landrum in the Dulcimer Players News.
  • A booklet of all the sheet music for the new CD "Golliwog's Gymnopedies" is now available for $10 postpaid.
  • The Whamdiddle Flapdoodle is a reference list for hammer dulcimer players in the Northwest.
  • New “one-of-a-kind” Bone laminations of various exotic hardwoods have been posted.
  • I now offer custom chrisicola inlay of up to seven letters on bones. Put your name or initials on your bones for $4 per letter.
  • Sculptures "Rocky Lake" and "Olivine Dish" have been sold.

“The Whamdiddle Full Harmonic”


“I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Contact Rick Fogel at 206.910.8259 or by email at
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