Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Month: December 2013

Coffee Break Is Over – Time To Get Back On My Head!

A nice long piece of quarter-sawn walnut - several dulcimers in there!

Today I rang in the New Year a little early; I went back to the bench for the first time since having back surgery 6 weeks ago. I am being careful, listening to my body, and working in short shifts with plenty of down time in between sessions but I am working again!

The bench shot shows some wood that will become several walnut dulcimers. I have some orders for walnut dulcimers and have had a few more inquiries about dulcimers in walnut. Is some famous celebrity playing a walnut dulcimer?

I had already bent the sides in the photograph but they needed a little touch-up on the hot-pipe to get them just right. The small crock-pot is my glue-pot. When I heated up the glue-pot I knew I was really getting back to work!

I have a few other instruments in the queue and will take on the tasks to make them as I am able.

By having to work slowly and in short installments I find myself focusing more on each small process. I can’t remember the last time I felt such joy in trimming a side to length with a dozuki and bench hook.

For now it is a day at a time with no expectation of how often I can work or how much I will accomplish each time I enter the shop but life is rolling back towards normal.

Well, what I consider normal. Your mileage may vary.

Happy New Year!

oustsider folk from 1937

Oustsider Folk From 1937

Fortunat Savard – “Adieu, Parents Et Amis Ou Red River Valley” (1937)

(vocals, mandolin, harmonica)

Anything I could say about this remarkable piece of music would be a mere shadow of it’s awesomeness!

Be amazed and perplexed!

Listen to this recording several times in a row.

Mysteries will be revealed and created!

Your life will change for the better!

Or not…

Back To Work…Soon…

Nurse Ratched says I'm not ready to build dulcimers just yet


Someone told me that during the healing process a person is running a marathon even while sitting still. This makes sense to me.

I am healing well and i am eager to be in the shop making instruments. What has kept me from doing so is the fatigue that comes after a little physical and mental exertion. 

This will pass.

I plan to start work slowly; short installments and lots of time to rest and recover.

It is interesting how multiple requests for dulcimers made from similar woods often come to me at the same time. I currently have several orders for walnut dulcimers and messages from a few people who want to see what I make in walnut once I’m back in production.

I’ve been enjoying digging through my wood stash and sorting sets for the instruments I will soon be making. 

Life is good.


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