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Craft in America: Harmony
Craftsmen + Artists = Music!
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January 23, 2022 - 6:20 am
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HARMONY bridges the art forms of music and craft, celebrating the joy of music and the creation of handcrafted instruments. 

Featuring accordion maker Marc Savoy and the Savoy family, bow maker Susan Lipkins, luthier Doug Naselroad and the Appalachian Artisan Center Culture of Recovery Program, and artist Richard Jolley, whose monumental glass and steel sculpture inspired a violin concerto. 

You have to watch this - what more can I say? 




January 23, 2022 - 12:50 pm
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fascinating stuff @elcbk great find!  especially the accordian section.  


January 23, 2022 - 9:12 pm
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Very very cool, 

Thanks for pointing this out



Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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January 25, 2022 - 1:43 pm
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Interesting. I had no idea that the cajun accordion was different from others and that they only had 7 major key notes and so many missing chords. Sometimes, less is more. :)
The bow maker is very fascinating. Love her passion. Amazing that she interviews the player before working on their bow and crazy that she has a 10 year waiting list.
The dulcimers for $8/piece, installments of $1/month, and that included lessons. ROFL
I had no idea how involved glass blowing/art/etc could be. Truly fascinating.
The feelings/emotions, that you must have to connect music and art.... Wow!
Great violinist too.
Thanks for this video Emily.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."


January 26, 2022 - 5:35 am
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I've been enamored with diatonic accordions for Cajun, especially French music, but in Folk music all over the World - for some time.  Found some info on their tuning that makes them unique - seems they tune some notes out quite a bit.

So amazing - the HUGE number of beautiful tunes that have been composed for such a 'limited pitch' instrument! 

Bagpipes is another noteworthy instrument that has spawned unique music - same reason.

Grateful we get to share their music on our Fiddles! 


🤣 I used to tell people they'd have a long wait for some custom projects, but ten years is ridiculous.  Like to know where she finds anyone willing to wait that long - for ANYTHING! 

...lot of good it would do me if I was dead before I got a bow! 🙄 


The Glass Artist had a great team working with him - be wonderful if more Artists would consider music for project collaboration. 

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