From college professor to fine craftsman! Come to an art fair and learn to make music in a new way. Instrument maker Archie Smith's Southern charm will give you an experience you will long remember. Combining fine woodworking skills with his love of music will remind you once again why you love attending art fairs.
At the nation's art fairs you know you will find talented woodworkers who carve, turn, inlay and sculpt with amazingly beautiful woods gathered from nearby woodlots or hunted down across the globe. Archie Smith not only employs all those exacting technical skills he also turns his wood pieces into "sculptural-functional" instruments.
These are museum quality instruments in which the visual beauty of the wood, the haunting sound of the strings, and the subtle feel of the vibration wood combine to offer multi-sensory stimulation.
The mountain dulcimer is an authentic American instrument, developed in the Southern Appalachian Mountains by the Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled there in the eighteenth century.
Maple dulcimer with Black Walnut shell soundholes
In the tradition of the fine Old World craftsmen, he alone handcrafts each of the instruments with contemporary combinations of woods that create a modern rendering that draws from ancient roots.
And you can learn to play one at your next art fair! Archie will show you how! Meet him soon at an art fair near you, including Week One in the Contemporary Crafts section of the fabulous New Orleans Jazz Festival, April 27-29.