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On the bench are three planes that have been getting quite the workout lately. They started complaining that they were overdue for a sharpening. I have come to trust their feedback so I took them seriously. Here they are minus their blades. They feel empty and lonely without their blades but this situation will not last long. […]
Dulcimer #24 is the only dulcimer I have in my possession from the first phase of my life as a dulcimer maker. The dulcimer made its way back to me a few years ago and has spent most of its time hanging on the wall since its return. I began making dulcimers on the kitchen […]
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 […]
What’s on the bench? Nothing! Well, there are two holdfasts but they are really a part of the bench so they don’t count as stuff on the bench. I’m getting ready to start work on the next run of dulcimers and that begins with some general woodworking tasks. I’ll be sawing and planing rough stock […]
Sometimes my wife refers to my workshop as “Doug’s playroom.” She’s right. Some luthiers have workshops that look like laboratories. Others have workshops that make mine look like a laboratory. I walk the middle path. Here are some honest and candid pictures of one of my favorite places to be. I love and enjoy my […]