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Dulcimer Heaven in New Harmony

Elliptical dulcimers by Bill Berg of Brown County, Indiana
Elliptical dulcimers by Bill Berg of Brown County, Indiana

Just about any sunny afternoon you can stroll down Main street and hear the strains of a dulcimer lightly playing. Creation Station‘s proprietor, Rick Huffman, enjoys sitting on the bench outside his store and strumming away.  A devoted artist and musician, Rick sells his own art and that of others in the store, but the spotlight is on the gorgeous dulcimers lining the walls.

detail, NH Woodworks
detail of the crescent moon on a dulcimer of ambrosia maple and Patagonian rosewood, made by New Harmony Woodworks

Handmade in New Harmony

Creation Station  offers handmade dulcimers from three esteemed makers in the classic variety of styles. Right here in New Harmony, across the street from Creation Station, Rick Gooden of New Harmony Woodworks produces exquisitely crafted, teardrop shaped dulcimers with exotic hardwoods and hand rubbed oil finishes. Bill Berg of Brown County IN has been making dulcimers for 40 years, and is represented by a handsome row of elliptical dulcimers along the north wall.  T.K. O’Brien, of North Carolina, makes  hourglass shaped dulcimers with intricate tone holes on the faces.  Prices range from $195-$1095.

Learning how to play a dulcimer

Loving those instruments, but no idea how to begin to play one?  Creation Station offers lessons for beginners, in 4 week long courses.  Tuesday nights, 6:30-8 pm at Creation Station, 606B S. Main St.  For information, call 812-205-6781.

And the best is yet to come!

Creation Station is helping to host the 16th annual Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash, October 15-18, 2015, in New Harmony. Workshops for students by day; concerts at night, open to the public and featuring renowned musicians, at Murphy Auditorium on Friday, October 16th, & Saturday, October 17th. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with music by festival workshop participants.

Rick Huffman showing off a dulcimer of African red ribbon mahogany, by New Harmony Woodworks
Rick Huffman showing off a dulcimer of African golden ribbon mahogany, by New Harmony Woodworks

About Laura Foster Nicholson

Laura Foster Nicholson is a textile artist known for her handwoven tapestries. She has been active in the art and business community since arriving in New Harmony since 2006, and owns LFN Textiles, designing ribbons and household textiles, selling her creations locally at the Mews and the Contemporary Gallery shop.

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