The High Point Museum recently opened its newest exhibit - The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge – which will be on display until Saturday, December 17. This exhibit explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar and banjo making in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It offers visitors a hands-on, interactive exploration of the rich history of this traditional craft.
A luthier is someone who builds or repairs string instruments generally consisting of a neck and a sound box. Featured craftsmen are guitar maker Wayne Henderson, fiddle makers Audrey Hash Ham and Chris Testerman, and banjo maker Johnny Gentry. The Museum will be hosting these musicians and their craft – all of the programs will be held 6 pm to 7:30 pm and will include discussion, demonstrations and music.
• Thursday, August 18—Johnny Gentry—banjo
• Thursday, September 8—Wayne Henderson—guitar
• Friday, November 18—Chris Testerman—fiddle
“We think our community will enjoy learning more about this musical tradition,” Edith Brady, Museum Director, said.
The exhibit includes two videos, a listening station and hands-on activities including playing a banjo and a cigar box guitar. Visitors will learn about the history of this unique craft. Artifacts on display include tools, amplifiers, and instruments including cigar box guitars and fiddles.
It was produced by the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History with financial support provided by The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Interlam, Hibco Plastics, and Dr. Mac and Becky Sumner.
The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.
The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit www.highpointnc.gov