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.
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.