Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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What’s On The Bench – 05/16/2014

Here is a cherry back getting having the center reinforcement strip glued up while a completed walnut dulcimer back sits on top and photo bombs:

Dulcimer backs showing offAnd here is a cherry dulcimer waiting for it’s back.See-through dulcimerIn both photographs the work is taking place on top of the solera. These days almost all steps in dulcimer building take place on top of the solera.  The solera usually lives in the vise unless I need the bench for the rougher stages of sawing and planing.

Well, there is not much else to say at the moment so here is a photograph of me and Twinkie D. Possum.

Doug Berch and Twinkie D. Possum




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  1. Susie

    Just noticed, someone else must have requested a position marker on the tenth fret :).

    • Doug Berch

      For a while dots at the 3rd, 5th, and 7th fret were all the rage but now more folks are asking for one at the 10th fret too. It is a look that is starting to grow on me and I think I may just do that from now on.

  2. Susie

    Nice looking cherry top you have going there. The walnut back is pretty too :). I don’t know if I’d trust Twinkie around my dulcimer, though.

    • Doug Berch

      Twinkie is cared for by a dulcimer player in Lancaster, Ohio and hopefully she has taught Twinkie how to behave around dulcimers!

  3. Tom

    Enjoyed the post and I would imagine Twinkie provides a nice change of pace.

    • Doug Berch

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Twinkie is pretty wonderful!

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