Local Forestry

Springbrook's Luke Mercier makes violins, banjos and more

SPRINGBROOK - Steeped in history and sprinkled with wood shavings, Luke Mercier's workshop is where string players find their voices.

In a sunlit basement room, Mercier stands over his latest project, making changes that could result in beauty or disaster.

Today he's working on a commissioned double bass. Its Englemann spruce top and Carolina poplar back are single pieces of wood nearly as wide as Mercier's shoulders.