Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Music I’d Like To Hear #21


Music I'd Like To Hear #21


Music I’d Like To Hear #21


Baritone Dulcimers

I am now making baritone dulcimers in addition to my standard models.

The baritone dulcimer is set up to be played in A-E-A and other tunings in that vicinity.

The design of my baritone is similar to my standard model but there are a few differences. The string length for the baritone is 28 1/4″ compared to 25 15/16″ for the standard and it is strung with heavier strings. The shape is based on my standard design but is several inches longer and  the sound box is deeper.  

Here is a baritone dulcimer behind its standard-sized sibling.

Baritone dulcimer and standard dulcimer by Doug BerchGetting these two dulcimers to sit still for the picture took a lot of work. The baritone kept telling the standard dulcimer that it was bigger so it was in charge. The standard yelled that it was going to tell mom. After they engaged in some pushing and shoving I sternly told them both, “Don’t make me have to stop this workshop!” I snapped the picture quickly before the chaos resumed….


A Typical Hammered Dulcimer Player

Anybody Recognize This Hammered Dulcimer Player?


A Typical Hammered Dulcimer Player


I’ve never seen this hammered dulcimer player before.

I’m particularly impressed with the use of maracas as hammers!

I’ll have to try it!


Music I’d Like To Hear #20


Music I'd Like To Hear #20


Music I’d Like To Hear #20

L’ÉBÉNISTERIE – A Silent Film About Woodworking (1932)

Last week Kari Hultman posted a short French silent film about woodworking on her blog, “The Village Carpenter.” If you haven’t checked out Kari’s blog you should go there very soon.

While watching this amazing film I looked around the website where it was hosted. I wished I had paid more attention during French class in high school.

I found several  interesting videos about woodworking, music, lutherie and more.

Here is a link to a silent film called “L’ÉBÉNISTERIE.”

L'ÉBÉNISTERIE - A Silent Film About Woodworking (1932)

It shows the woodworking process beginning with felling trees and ending with finished furniture. We watch an apprentice learning to use a frame saw, planes and other tools. There are shots of joinery, veneering, staining and finishing.

 Chopping down a very large tree

 Ripping with a frame saw

Planing at the bench


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