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Registered: December 2010
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(best viewed enlarged) It was so fulfilling for me to see someone so proud of their work. George, as the day worn on became more open with me, volunteering to show me the various machines used, the jigs that were set up for the cutting, the gluing, the stringing, that it produced a glow about him. Normally, he works behind open glass in the shoppe as visitors just stare through without a spoken word. But today, George got to meet me and talk about his craft. I think we both departed better people.
The website for their shoppe is [ link ]
· Date: Tue March 8, 2011 · Views: 932 ·
Keywords: dulcimer, craftsman, black white, garo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 50mm/1.4G @f/1.8 ISO 1600
Flash / Type Used: available light
State / County / Area Image Taken: Mountain View, AR
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United States of America
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NX2/Siver Efex Pro

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Registered: December 2009
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Tue March 8, 2011 3:12pm

The craftsman is holding the dulcimer as though it were a child and I guess in a way it is since the instrument was born from a union of his mind and his hands. Perhaps you mentioned it and I missed it... any idea how long it would take George to construct a dulcimer?


Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Tue March 8, 2011 3:17pm

I thought I heard him say 2 weeks once the customer selects the wood and finish for the top. The have the side rims and necks already made up in advance. I am not sure how long if they had to start from scratch. Most novices purchase them already made that are on display in the shoppe.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Tue March 8, 2011 7:11pm

Interesting write-up Gary and I'm sure even more so being there in person to witness this man's craft in the making. Again nicely captured.
Tony Mil

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 138
Tue March 8, 2011 7:13pm

Another fine capture of this interesting and talented man

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Tue March 8, 2011 8:05pm

Another excellent character portrait Garo.
I think here, in view of the light available to you, I would like to see a little more DoF in the foreground - enough to be able to count the strings maybe. (That's if you and Bill had room to move back to move away from the background to keep it oof.)

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 175
Tue March 8, 2011 9:11pm

I agree about the DOF in the foreground but still a nice character shot with stunning detail in the face .nice work Gary

Registered: April 2009
Posts: 1,415
Wed March 9, 2011 8:52pm

Nice shot, he really looks the part, craftsman and player. Like the black and white treatment suits the subject well. I have made quite a few similar instruments but cannot play a tune....I have to say its great when someone picks one up and bangs out a tune...makes it all worthwhile.
Best wishes

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