David Forsman
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  • Glendale, AZ
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes two of them both 30 stringsalteries
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
bought my first one at the AZ Renaissance festival
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Unicorn strings
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
I really started to play BP about 5 years ago
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
For the last five years I have played at the AZ ren Festval as a member of the street cast. This year the entertainment dept there awaraded me a "Grand Huzzah" Tankard and cert as entertainer of the year. I have played all over northern AZ during the summers at small events I have also performed at the two rivers ren fair in Yuma AZ and midieval mayhem at Pine top lakeside AZ.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No but I am looking for a plan to build a portable stand
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
I have taught a few other people some of the basics of playing and bowing. I have alos done some repairs and re-stringing
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Just happened on it while researching playing stands glad I found it

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Off to the Fair

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 2:08pm 0 Comments

Howdy Folks,

    I have been enjoying the summer months in the cool of AZ's high country. I have been playing music  at various shows and events in Heber, Show low, Pinetop/lakeside and Snowflake. This next week takes me to the Navajo County Fair in Holbrook. Hope everyone has had a great summer!


Off to the Fair

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 2:08pm 0 Comments

Howdy Folks,

    I have been enjoying the summer months in the cool of AZ's high country. I have been playing music  at various shows and events in Heber, Show low, Pinetop/lakeside and Snowflake. This next week takes me to the Navajo County Fair in Holbrook. Hope everyone has had a great summer!


Getting ready to Roll!

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 1:38am 1 Comment

Howdy everyone, I'm just testing the wireless setup on my laptop as I continue to get ready to leave Phoenix before it gets hot here again. Since my retirement this last year my mantra is "NO more PHX summers!" I am heading for the Az HIGH COUNTRY and perhaps beyond that. I am hoping to play my psaltery at a variety of venues in the small towns across northern AZ. If I can get into a couple of the renaissance festivals that occur late in the season I may find my way to Charlotte NC or down…


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At 9:06pm on October 27, 2013, Marie Howell said…

Hi David

I responded to your personal email about psaltry lessons. It was last weekend I believe. Did you get my message or should I resend it?

take care


At 7:59pm on April 8, 2013, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 1:56pm on April 7, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings David!

We hope you'll share some of your psaltery experiences with us. Please visit often and enjoy the site.



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Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.

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