Growing up in Colorado, one of my favorite musicians was John Denver. In one of his songs, Berkley Woman, he mentions a dulcimer. I had never heard a dulcimer before so a trip to the Folklore Center in Colorado Springs found me with a dulcimer kit. With a set of hand written instructions and a few hand tools, I managed to craft my first dulcimer.
That was 1975 and I was hooked on this truly American instrument. Since then, I have made many dulcimers and have developed my own style of craftsmanship. Years of research have taught me to appreciate the Appalachian heritage from which this fine mountain instrument was developed.
I use mainly traditional woods found in the Blue Ridge Mountains and follow the old, traditional ways of assembly and finishing. Most of my dulcimers are crafted in a post-revival style with a 6 1/2 fret and modern style frets and tuners but the feel, appearance and sound have the old Appalachian Mountain quality to them.
Currently, I am branching out into crafting other Appalachian and folk instruments including mountain style banjos and cigar box guitars. I am a member of the American Guild of Lutherie.