Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Month: March 2017

Music I’d Like To Hear #124

Two young hurdy gurdy players in the late 1800's

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Appreciation For A Simple Tool

Call me anything but late for dinner.As I gain more experience with tools I find myself needing fewer tools.

In the past I used this knife for repair work. It is long, thin, and has a slight taper in thickness. With a little heat, moisture, and this knife I can take the back off of a dulcimer, etc.

I have seen this style of knife referred to as a both a shoe knife and a rubber knife. I suppose that makes it perfect for cutting rubber shoes.

A week or so ago I was sharpening everything in sight and as part of the fun I honed the edge of this knife and stropped it. I had forgotten how fine an edge it can take.

I have found myself reaching for this knife and I keep finding more uses for it. This evening I used it to cut linings to length before gluing them into a dulcimer. I used to reach for a chisel to do this but this knife works better. I have also used this knife to score straight lines for sawing sides to length, cleaning up the fuzz sometimes left on the edges of softwood parts, and a variety of trimming and shaping tasks where I might have used a chisel, saw or block plane.

I enjoy doing more with less.

Doug Berch & Dulcimer Makers

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