Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Music I’d Like To Hear #59

Music I'd Like To Hear #59

What’s On The Bench – 7/27/2013

It feels great to be working again.

My back and legs continue to heal and I am able work in the shop for short periods several times throughout the day. Trained professionals have told me I can work as long as I stop the moment I notice symptoms becoming aggravated. I keep thinking if I aggravate the symptoms enough they will get annoyed and go away but I keep being told it doesn’t work like that…

To make having to stop working a little more fun I have decided to occasionally do a post of “What’s On The Bench.” Think of it as a dulcimer maker playing musical chairs at the bench. When it is time to stop I grab my phone and snap a photo of what I was just working on.

I started building dulcimer #145 not long before having surgery this past March and have recently picked up where I left off. In this photograph the joint between the peghead and the body of the dulcimer was fitted and smoothed with a chisel and small scraper.

I'm tired of lying on my side. Can I get up now?

The chisel is a quarter-inch Stanley Handyman butt chisel from a set of four I inherited from my father-in-law. It is a great chisel for getting into tight spaces. When i first got these chisels I was impressed with how well they held an edge. These chisels were made during a time when many economy tools marketed to homeowners where often of good quality.

After carving the peghead to body joint flush I cleaned up the marks left by the chisel and smoothed the curves with the small scraper.

Also in the photograph is a cabinetmakers clamp and two cam clamps I use to hold the dulcimer on its side. Someday I will make a vise just for this purpose but the current setup isn’t broken so I haven’t bothered to fix it.

Music I’d Like To Hear #58

Music I'd Like To Hear #58

Evart Special: Free Monkey with Every Dulcimer!

Free monkey with every dulcimer!

I was not able to work in the shop for several months while going through the relatively early stages of recovery from back surgery. I have recently been able to work for several short periods of time throughout the day. This brings me great joy!

I spent this time in the shop setting up some dulcimers that were near completion before the surgery. i should soon be making instruments again. I offer my thanks for the kindness and understanding of those who have been patiently waiting for their instruments.

I will be showing dulcimers, teaching, and performing at the The Original Dulcimer Players Club 2013 FunFest in Evart, Michigan.  My old friend Michael C. Allen (hammered dulcimer and marimbula maker extraordinaire! of Cloud Nine Musical Instruments) will also be there showing instruments and kindly offered to help set up my booth.

To celebrate my recovery so far I am offering a free monkey with the purchase of a every dulcimer! That’s right, a free monkey!

One of the monkeys jumped in front of the dulcimers just as I snapped the photograph.

The following rules apply:

  • Offer only valid for dulcimers purchased at the 2013 ODPC FunFest.
  • First come, first served.
  • Only 6 dulcimers and 6 monkeys available.
  • Dulcimer purchase required to receive a free monkey.
  • You can buy a monkey for the price of a dulcimer and get a free dulcimer.
  • Monkey does not play dulcimer. Monkey comes with and plays cymbals.
  • Purchaser is responsible for care and feeding of both dulcimer and monkey.
  • Justin Bieber is not eligible to receive a free monkey.


Music I’d Like To Hear #57

Music I'd Like To Hear #57

 Music I’d Like To Hear #57



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