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Sometimes my wife refers to my workshop as “Doug’s playroom.” She’s right. Some luthiers have workshops that look like laboratories. Others have workshops that make mine look like a laboratory. I walk the middle path. Here are some honest and candid pictures of one of my favorite places to be. I love and enjoy my …
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Two dulcimers have been gone over with scrapers and files and now comes sanding. And sanding. And then some more sanding. I enjoy working with scrapers and files. Sanding is messy and time consuming. There was a time when most luthiers did not do much sanding. The finished instrument did not have a perfect, homogeneous …
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The dulcimer makers in the Galax, Virgina area developed a unique style of dulcimer. You can learn more about Galax dulcimers by visiting the website of Phyllis Gaskin. Phyllis is an excellent player and a preserver of the Galax style of dulcimer playing. One of the features common to many of these dulcimer is often …
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I have recently started posting photos of dulcimers in progress and snapshots from my fascinating life on Instagram. Instagram will provide a more immediate experience of what I have been covering in my “What’s On The Bench” posts. It will almost be like you are there! You can follow me on Instagram by clicking here. …
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Most musicians I admire understand music theory. They may understand music theory intuitively or they may have formally studied the theory of music but either way they know what is going on. These musicians may or may not be able to articulate what the are doing or thinking musically but they can tell if a …
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This afternoon I was planing some cherry dulcimer fretboard blanks flat and true. These pieces of cherry had been rough-sawn, squared up and left a little oversized quite some time ago. The wood has had plenty of time to release stresses and further season before becoming part of a dulcimer. Wood is designed to keep …
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Dulcimer Maker, Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Player, Luthier, Musician
Introduction
I'm a musician and luthier. I make Appalachian mountain dulcimer and other instruments.

I sing and play dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, tinwhistle, harmonium and a few other instruments.

I perform, teach and offer workshops on all of the above at festivals, etc.

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(517) 325-3091
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P.O. Box 87 Okemos, MI 48805