What’s On The Bench – 11/2/2015

Cherry dulcimer by dulcimer builder Doug Berch

It has been several months since I have had dulcimers for sale. I have been focusing my time on advance and custom orders.

A few days ago I strung up this cherry dulcimer with black binding and position markers. It has beautiful mid-range tone and warmth and a strong bass string.

I have made two other dulcimers from this same billet of cherry; perfectly quartered with lots of flecks and some light curl. More importantly the sound of the dulcimers made from this billet have all sounded great.

I built this dulcimer and another along side work on some custom orders. The other should be strung up in a few days. Once I get some good photographs they will be listed for sale.

I’m about to start work on some more advance orders but will be making a few dulcimers along side them for sale as well. This seems to be a good rhythmic workflow.

Physical therapy and other healing modalities are allowing me to work a little more regularly in the shop but still not as much as I would prefer. Then again, reality is what is going on rather than what I would prefer.

I can’t complain. I love the work I do and if I didn’t have to work for a living I would still do what I do. During the times I can not work in the shop I play music or work on instrument designs or other things I enjoy.

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”
– Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

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