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Doug Berch

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Yes, the life of a dulcimer builder is filled with action and adventure. This afternoon I made it most of the way through the process of bracing the back of a curly walnut dulcimer. I have no standard pattern for bracing; the number and dimensions of top and back braces depends on the particular dulcimer. This …
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Work has been progressing slowly but surely. Dealing with boring back and shoulder issues  has slowed me down a bit but dulcimer builders are made of strong stuff. Having to work more slowly is not all bad. I get to savor each step in making a dulcimer a little more. Last night I was working …
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While browsing in a used book store a few weeks ago I stumbled across a copy of “World Folk Songs” by Marais & Miranda. I remember listening to one of their records as a child and this song has stayed with me ever since: Right on the cover the book stated it contained a “Complete …
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Well, maybe some ocarinists are freaks, but I am, among other things, an ocarinist, and I am not a freak, though opinions on this do vary.According to the above listing taken from “The American Educator, circa 1919” ocarinas are “classed with musical toys and freaks.” This statement can be taken a number of ways… Ocarinists …
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Yesterday I slotted two dulcimer fingerboards. The top fingerboard is zircote and the bottom is bubinga. Zircote has many of the qualities of ebony but it is lighter in weight, which in my opinion is a good thing.  Zircote also has wild, lacy figure and color streaks I find stunning. I rarely use zircote for fingerboards …
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After planing poplar for the current run of dulcimers I tracked some shavings throughout the house. As many who hand-plane know, wood shavings can be captivating. So here are a few poplar shavings, about 2 inches wide and 32 inches long, sitting by the window and getting some sun with their beauty inadequately captured by …
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Dulcimer Maker, Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Player, Luthier, Musician
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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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