I have been designing and crafting primarily Hammer Dulcimers for over 41 years now. I started building in a basement workshop I set up in a house I rented back in the early 70's. The house sat on 3 acres of land with streams in both the front and back yard. I drove a little Toyota Corolla station wagon I had traded for a Hammer Dulcimer, heated the house with wood and paid the "outrageous" sum of $60 a month for rent (for 5 years!). I was forced to move my workshop to my showrooms present location in the summer of 1980 when I couldn't afford to buy the house . They were asking $20,000 and I couldn't imagine borrowing that much money. It's ironic but, after moving out, I ended up investing $10,000 in my first recording "The Strayaway Child." That turned out to be a far "wiser" decision. About 23 years ago now, after a long and delightful journey, I realized a long-held dream ... to get my workshop ... "back home." My workshop is now just a few steps outside my front door ... up through the Rhododendron and Oaks.
If you are headed to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Asheville/Black Mountain area and would like to visit my musical instrument workshop, it's only a short 20 minute drive from the showroom. There is a good chance I can accommodate a visit if you call and make an appointment in advance. I enjoy giving tours of my shop and sharing my experiences with wood, acoustics, tools and instrument making. I certainly don't know everything about these subjects but I love discussing ... and ... I've learned some very interesting things from my guests. So ... please ... don't be a stranger!