The Arkansas Craft School



Mountain Dulcimer Construction

Students will be guided through the assembly of a McSpadden mountain dulcimer kit under the guidance of John C. Van Orman, who worked as a luthier at Here, Inc. of Minneapolis – pioneers in the revival of dulcimer building.  All necessary tools and materials will be supplied.  This course provides an excellent introduction to building string musical instruments and associated woodworking techniques. September 22 – 26

The dulcet tones and harmonious drones of the Appalachian dulcimer have been an important part of American music for over three hundred years… The Appalachian dulcimer was forged in the melting pot of the wagon roads and river routes of the frontier. The Scots and Irish settlers could hear the drone of the pipes in this sturdy and easily constructed zither and the English found it to be an appropriate accompaniment to their ballads and laments. They reduced the number of strings and added a raised fingerboard to allow the playing of quick jigs and reels with a plectrum. The Shenandoah Valley has a tradition of teardrop or boat shaped dulcimers played with a turkey quill for a pick. Kentucky (Mountain Dulcimer) is known for its delicate hourglass shaped three string instrument, and Tennessee is home to a large rectangular dulcimer that was known as a “music box”.  ( from… A Brief History of the Appalachian Dulcimer David Schnaufer, Adj. Assoc. Professor of Dulcimer, Vanderbilt University, 2003)



September 27 & 28:  Eggstravagant Art – The Ukranian folk art form of Pysanky.These magical eggs were used to protect households from evil spirits and keep the world safe from  the havoc and destruction

of a horrible evil serpent. Ukrainian Pysanky with Bob Byers




The Arkansas Craft School is a center for craft education, dedicated to helping aspiring and practicing craft artisans gain the skills they need for success in the creative economy. Located on Main Street in Mountain View, in the beautiful and serene Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Craft School offers weekend and week long workshops in clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and other craft related media.  The School also offers workshops in marketing and management practices geared specifically for artisans, crafts for kids, and community craft programs

ACS - LOGO Arts Council Support for the Arkansas Craft School provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts.                               

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