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Doug Berch - Dulcimers
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Dulcimer Maker, Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Player, Luthier, Musician
Dulcimer Maker, Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Player, Luthier, Musician

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Tool marks bear witness to the work that went in to making something by hand. When making a forensic study of historic musical instruments it is possible to learn about the tools and methods of work used  in construction by subtle hints left behind. I…
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A friend owns a dulcimer she loves and it developed multiple cracks in the back and soundboard. The cracks in the soundboard were typical cracks one sees in a quarter sawn spruce soundboard and were easy to fix. The back was another story. The back is…
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On my calendar was recovery from back surgery this past week but there was a change of plans; a dental issue came up and surgery was postponed. Instead I am taking antibiotics and will have minor dental surgery in a week or so. The back surgery will…
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“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” People who have followed my blog over the years might be aware that in 2012 my lower back decided to suddenly and loudly let…
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Yes, another post about the joy of sanding dulcimers. A while back I mentioned possibly making dulcimers without sanding someday. Someone took me up on it! I made a dulcimer with a bare minimum of sanding. Scrapers and files accomplished about 90% of the…
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