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Dulcimer Maker

Dulcimer Maker

The Craft of Homer Ledford

by R. Gerald Alvey

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, photos, illus

  • Paperback
  • 9780813190518
  • Published: March 2003



Dulcimer making has long been considered an art. The exquisite design is also functional, and the best instruments sound as beautiful as they look. Homer Ledford, a legend among dulcimer makers, is known for his innovative but traditional craftsmanship. A biography and a step-by-step guide to dulcimer making, this classic book illuminates and celebrates the work of a master craftsman, musician, and folk artist. This new edition presents a foreword by Ron Pen, director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky, and an enlightening afterword featuring a conversation with Ledford. In an era when Americans are rediscovering their musical roots, Dulcimer Maker offers a unique look at a bluegrass legend.