David was formally introduced to the violin in his early twenties while he was a music major at the University of California. In addition to studying performance he also began pursuing violin making.
His professional apprenticeship began in the mid eighties at David Stone Violins in Seattle. There he learned repair and restoration from Falk Kruger who was working for David Stone at that time. He was also taught bow rehairing.
David moved back to Eugene in 1988 and operated his own shop under the name of David Doucet Violins for eleven years. He then returned to the Puget Sound area where he made instruments and worked for several years for Rafael Carrabba, owner of one the nations premier violin shops.
He returned to Eugene in 2005 and is currently making violins .