Monday, December 20, 2010

Mountain Man

Ed Presnell, a mountain craftsman and native of Watauga County, North Carolina, demonstrates and comments on the construction of a dulcimer. Presnell learned his craft from his father-in-law. Film includes a brief performance on a finished dulcimer by his wife, Nettie. This 16mm film is archived in the Thomas G. Burton and Jack Schrader collection in the Archives of Appalachia, East Tennesse State University. -Folkstreams

Watch this great video on Edd Presnell explaining the steps and intricacies of creating a dulcimer and other great movies (Medicine Fiddle is another favorite) at Folkstreams.

Ed reminds me of the Appalachian State University mascot, who's picture here was taken on a recent college trip through North Carolina.

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