Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Month: March 2012

Music I’d Like To Hear #29

 

Music I'd Like To Hear #29 - A Mandolin Orchestra Comprised Of Lovely Ladies

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #29

Hammered Dulcimer Circa 1720

Tympanon or hammered dulcimer by an anonymous French maker circa 1720

Tympanon or hammered dulcimer by an anonymous French maker circa 1720

ympanon or hammered dulcimer and stand by an anonymous French maker circa 1720

 

Tympanon or hammered dulcimer by an anonymous French maker – circa 1720

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #28

 

Music I'd Like To Hear #28 - French musette bagpipes

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #28

New Dulcimer-Like Instruments On The Drawing Board

Dulcimer-like? Well, definitely dulcimers but the designs are influenced by zithers and overseas dulcimer relations.

Dulcimer Maker Gone Wild!

I made a few dulcimers in the early 1980’s featuring supplemental strings, sympathetic strings, extended drones, etc. It was a lot of fun and the instruments opened up some new musical doors for myself and others. I’ve had the urge to work up some new designs and will keep you posted as they develop.

 

How To Dress When Using A Grindstone

 

How To Dress When Using A Grindstone

 

Safety in the shop is of utmost importance but it need not be at the expense of fashion. This gentleman woodworker has rolled up his sleeves while taking a blade to the grindstone, thus assuring said sleeves will not get caught in the work. His stance helps him approach the grindstone with control and finesse while helping avoid straining his lower back.

The festive colors of the floor, motor housing, pedestal and grindstone cultivate a cheerful aura in the workplace. His snappy outfit reflects his aesthetic sense of design and helps “put him in the space” to do his best work. The color choices of said outfit were chosen to compliment the fixtures in his shop and complete the “ensemble” of his work environment.

 

Doug Berch & Dulcimer Makers