Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Music I’d Like To Hear #27

 

Music I'd Like To Hear #27

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #27

Still Life In A Dulcimer Maker’s Shop #2

 

Still Life If A Dulcimer Maker's Shop

 

The three dulcimers hanging on the wall have fresh coats of varnish. It is a relatively warm day so coats of varnish are all that is necessary; if it had been colder they would be in their parkas and mittens.

The baritone dulcimer hanging in the middle always loses it’s hat. It favors a small and pointy tuque and believe me they are not easy to find. Maybe my wife will knit it a new one.

On the table among other stuff is a walnut and butternut dulcimer that is next in line for scraping, sanding, fretting and finishing. To the left are shelves of planes. I use them all. Really, I do.

On the higher shelves is some of the wood that will become the next batch of dulcimers.

 

Zithers, Psalteries and Dulcimers at The MFA Boston

 

Zithers, Psalteries and Dulcimers at The MFA Boston

An on-line gallery for your perusal, entertainment, education, and enjoyment courtesy of The Boston Museum Of Fine Arts.

Zithers, Psalteries and Dulcimers at The MFA Boston

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #26

 

Music I'd Like To Hear #26

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #26

Sharpening Tools Is Part Of The Dulcimer Making Process

I used to think of sharpening as something that had to be done so I could get to work. Over the last few years I’ve come to think of sharpening as one of the more relaxing aspects of making a dulcimer.

Stopping to sharpen used to annoy me because I wanted to keep working. Now these sharpening sessions are welcome breaks; I get to relax and gently bring two faces on a piece of steel to a sharp and happy meeting place.

If the bench is crowded and chaotic, as it is most of the time, I will do my honing in the kitchen. Here’s my usual setup:

Happy, smiling chisels.

The stones sit on a bench hook. I mostly use the fine waterstone. I hollow grind my edge tools with a bench grinder and use the diamond stones for the initial honing after grinding. I can hone a hollow ground edge with the fine waterstone many times before regrinding is required.

Sharpening is done, I had a cup of coffee and wrote a blog post. Now it’s time to get my nose back to the grindstone!

Okay, it was a cheap shot…

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