Rebuilding; Not Alone

Rebuilding; Not Alone

We are rebuilding, and have now almost completely rebuilt! But please don’t think that we’ve done this all on our own; multiple donors have stepped up to help us, both corporate and private, including, but not limited to:

Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Tyler Childers, Dwight Yoakum, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless and The Bluegrass Community Foundation, Hope for the Hills, Billy Strings via the Newport Folk Festival Foundation, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Kentucky Council for the Humanities, The Berea College Appalachian Fund, Woodcraft Supply, Stewart McDonald, PBS Craft in America, The Education Foundation of America, CERF +, the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives, Currier’s Music World of Richmond, John Hamlett, Louise Boggs, Carol Herbert, John Kugelman, Kluson/WD Music, Malcolm and Amy Wilson, Nancy Galambush in memory of JC Bradshaw, Diane Turell, and Pat Noble. We also want to thank the numerous donors to our successful GoFundMe campaign, which wouldn’t have been possible without the brilliant work of Curren & Elaine Sheldon! Too many neighbors to list, but they all know who they are. That’s the great thing about neighbors!

And a very special thanks to Dr. Jennifer Lyndon of the Hazard Community and Technical College for brilliantly championing our efforts to return to work in our beloved, original factory building.  And thanks also to Matt White and his crew for their many months of hard work rebuilding downtown Hindman!

For the rest of my life, whenever I hear anyone speak of having wind in his or her sails, I will remember all of these people, who have risen to meet us in our hour of distress.  Their love and support and have surely pushed us all the way back home.

– Doug Naselroad, Director

Rough Night on Troublesome Creek

March came in really hard on Troublesome with near-record flooding this past week.  The month was was only a few hours old when Vernon Douglas Jones caught this glimpse of the creek trying take away our factory.  No great harm done, however!  Hindman was only hit a glancing blow overall, especially when compared to other Eastern Kentucky communities, some of which were ravaged hard.  We lost some things stored in the basement of the Appalachian School of Luthiery, and a stack of black locust lumber tried to float down to the river, but that was about it.  Whew!

First Light


Hope you all have wintered well! Down on The Creek, 2021 is off to a roaring start, with all hands busy about their work. Jeremy Haney is making great strides with our mandolin lines, while Nathan Smith focuses on guitar body-building. New hire Billy Feltner is building our Uncle Ed dulcimer line, while Luthier 1 Kris Patrick has been making guitar necks and doing lacquer finishing and I get to do design, fixturing, troubleshooting, setup and a whole lot of everything else.

In the past twelve months, although COVID 19 has paused us repeatedly, it hasn’t derailed the fine work that these guys are doing. And it won’t.

Feels a bit like first light after a long, chilly night now that we’re starting to get vaccinated! It will take a few months for everyone in KY to get through the process, but the crew will soon be able to get nose-to-nose again without so much worry!