Dusty Strings Harp and Hammered Dulcimer Makers logo(206) 634-1656

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Current Openings

For 40 years, Dusty Strings has been building musical instruments in Seattle with an emphasis on quality craftspersonship, superior tone, and helpful customer service in a collaborative work environment. The contributions and skills of our design and woodworking teams have brought us a worldwide reputation for quality, American-made instruments.

You will be joining an experienced team, and doing multi-faceted and fast-paced work that includes:

  • Instrument assembly (gluing)
  • Finish sanding of instrument components and accessories
  • Lacquer spray finishing and final inspection

Helpful traits for this position:

  • Artistic eye
  • Experience with and passion for precision woodworking and finishing
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Good communication skills and desire to work in a small, mutually-supportive team environment
  • Self-motivated, honest, and hardworking
  • Quick learner

Some experience in woodworking and finishing is desired. Because everyone must be trained in the specifics of Dusty Strings instrument-building, this is essentially an entry-level position during the training period with salary advancement dependent on how quickly you progress. You do need to have a fine eye for detail and the ability to meet our quality standards.

My name is Ray Mooers and I’m the co-owner and founder of Dusty Strings Company, which started with a fascination for the hammered dulcimer in 1979. From our real grass-roots beginnings, we have had the opportunity to grow Dusty Strings into an internationally-respected brand of hammered dulcimers and harps, as well as a widely known and appreciated regional music store and music school in Fremont. The only way this could have happened is with the help of many dedicated individuals who have shared our vision of providing quality instruments and service that enhance the lives of our customers through music. These are the employees of Dusty Strings. With 40+ years of high quality musical instrument manufacturing and retailing right here in the heart of Seattle, we must be doing something right. Come join our team of artisans who take pride in accomplishing high-quality work every day!

Benefits include vacation, sick leave, health & dental insurance, 401(K), and a positive, team-based work environment. Vacation accrues at the rate of 1 – 3 weeks annually depending on years of service.

Please email four items: a fully-completed application form (see link below to download), your resume, a cover letter telling us what skills and experience you have that relate to this position, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination barring medical or religious exemption. No phone calls and no in-person visits, please.


We are happy to take applications for any position, even when we have no current openings. We like knowing who's available and what their skills are. If you'd like to put an application on file with us, you can download one from the links below and email it to us along with a cover letter explaining your interest and applicable experience.

Dusty Strings is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/enthnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by law.