Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Month: July 2017

Music I’d Like To Hear #133

Tamburitza EnsembleTamburitza Ensemble

Musical Instrument Museums On Line

Zither

Musical Instrument Museums On Line is a site that aggregates collections of musical instruments primarily held by European museums. The site offers a searchable database of instruments, links to the museums where the instruments are held, and photographs and general information about the instruments in question.

I often visit this site for inspiration.

Enjoy!

Musical Instrument Museums On Line (MIMO)

Epinette des Vosges - single boutEpinette des Vosges

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Music I’d Like To Hear #132

Psalmodikon players

Psalmodicons 

What’s On The Bench – 7/5/2017

Dulcimer in the home stretch

On the bench is a curly walnut dulcimer having its head attached with hide glue.

It is important to attach a head onto a dulcimer, because if you don’t, it will go searching the night to find a head and the one it chooses could be YOUR HEAD!

But I digress.

This dulcimer is one of three I am currently working on. The other two dulcimers are ready for final preparation before receiving the finish and tomorrow this dulcimer will be ready to join them.

I wait until I have 3 or 4 dulcimers ready to go through the finishing process at the same time. I put the woodworking tools away, clean the shop, and dedicate the space to finish work for about a week.

After all coats of finish are applied the dulcimers hang on the wall for several days so the finish can further cure before being rubbed out.

While the finish is curing I start work on the next 3 or 4 dulcimers.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

You can see my work in progress by following me on Instagram.

Doug Berch & Dulcimer Makers