|This is Dan Williams playing a Woodrow for a prospective customer.|
|This is Crystal playing a small Woodrow.|
|The Woodrow varieties.|
The Woodrow, which Dan makes at his shop in Old Fort, N.C., (he and Crystal live in Winston-Salem), is a cross between a banjo and a dulcimer, but can sound like a variety of instruments. Dan has made and taught the Woodrow for 15 years and he says it is extremely easy to learn. He says, "From one single finger on one string, to flat picking, from major to minor to blues, this instrument is so easy and simple to adapt, the only limit is your imagination." It is so appealing that I bought one for my son and one for Madeline for Christmas (this coming Christmas, so keep your mouth shut about it, please).
Dan's instruments have an almost ancient look and feel, but they are light, portable and come in sizes that will accommodate adults and children. The woodworking on them is simply lovely and the woods are gorgeous.
Take a look at the website (here). The instruments cost about what a guitar would (between about $125 and $300) and they give you a variety of sounds and possibilities. I love the two I have ... until Christmas.