Troublesome Creek is like no other stringed instrument manufacturer in the world. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, with our own school of luthiery. The people we train, both from the recovery community and the local labor pool, make some of the best guitars, mandolins, and dulcimers you’ll ever play!

Kris Patrick, left, and Jeremy Haney, right, work on a guitar neck at the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company. Photo by Mike Belleme for New York Times