Irene Tukuafu
  • Female
  • Nauvoo, IL
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share on Facebook MySpace
  • Blog Posts
  • Discussions (2)
  • Events
  • Groups
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos

Irene Tukuafu's Friends

  • Karen Palmer
  • Nozomi Nose
  • Donna Malus

Irene Tukuafu's Page

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Saw it played in Hawaii by a group called THE TRAPEZOID
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I have built 88 of these.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
from 1988.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?

Comment Wall (7 comments)

You need to be a member of Psaltery Strings to add comments!

Join Psaltery Strings

At 10:32am on October 4, 2019, Gregg E. Schneeman said…

Hello Irene, just wanted to make sure you know Nozomi Nose is flying from Japan all the way to the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering! See details under events, she will be bringing her BP and I know you would be interested in seeing it and hear her play, hope you can come. I'm driving there from Southern California.

At 12:07am on September 22, 2018, Nozomi Nose said…

Here is another photo of the psaltery stand we use.  

At 11:33pm on September 21, 2018, Nozomi Nose said…

Dear Irene, 

Thank you very much for your message.  

The psalteries I use are built by Makoto Kato, my teacher, who is also a member of Psaltery Strings.  

He discovered that the structure with woven thin pieces of wood, like a basket, makes very rich and natural resonation.  
So his latest psalteries have a back with woven pieces of wood and our wooden psaltery stand has a similar structure.  
I will add a photos.  

At 3:58am on September 20, 2018, Nozomi Nose said…

Dear Irene, 

Thank you very much for your friend request.  I am honored to accept it.  

I am very glad you enjoyed my videos!  Nozomi

At 8:17am on February 2, 2016, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 8:07pm on January 30, 2016, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Irene! We would love to hear more from you about your Bowed Psaltery building, playing and Bowed Psaltery adventures since 1988! Be sure to join the luthier directory here. 

At 2:35pm on January 30, 2016, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Irene!


Featured Video

Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

Featured Song

Click on the title for the current
featured sheet music!

Clergy's Lamentation




What is Psaltery Strings worth to you?
A dollar a month?
Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

Thank you.



Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


to see his work visit

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms


Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata


Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall


New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels


Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas


Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at

or call him at



Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

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.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info
Melbourne, FL

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

© 2022   Created by Donna Malus.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

To add a scrolling message to your NingBar, change this text, and add the code to your Custom Code Box. If you want, you can add simple links like this: Visit JenSocial This is a great way to make announcements to your site visitors.