Alan Brittingham, of Alan Guitars, is a retired VP of Engineering turned luthier! He started woodworking 65 years ago when his father bought him his very own workbench with real tools to put in his Dad’s wood shop. Alan has unique pieces across the country from North and South Carolina to Whidbey Island, north of Seattle. After taking John Ressler’s “Making an Acoustic Guitar” class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in 2012, he has been assisting John with his guitar classes ever since. Check out one of Alan’s Parlor Guitar Building workshops at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and create your own tremendous “sound” memory to last a lifetime, or stop by Weed Patch Music Company to check out the wide variety of guitar we are proud to showcase by Alan Brittingham - including parlor guitars, dreadnought guitar, classical, and solid body electric! !
Thomas Roeger, of Tom's Handcrafted Guitars and Ukuleles, has been making instruments for over 10 years. His beautifully crafted instruments are incredibly unique and feature a wide variety of tonewoods. These instruments are made to last a lifetime. You can find several examples of Tom's wonderful work in our store!
O.C. Bear Guitars are the product of the one man guitar building shop of Clint Bear. Clint's background of 35 years in homebuilding, remodeling, and cabinet making helped him to develop the woodworking skills that he now applies to Lutherie. With incredible detail work and wonderful tone and playability, you just must check out these instruments in person!
Roy Shea is a man of many talents, currently building everything from guitars to mandolins to folk fiddles and more. Many of Roy's mandolins also include beautiful scroll saw work by local artist Dan Johnson, as well. Roy makes an incredibly affordable and beautiful sounding instrument, so come in to the store and try one out!
Bruce Taggart started as a luthier due to his original desire to play the banjo. He picked up the book "Earl Scruggs and the 5 String Banjo", followed along, and began a career as a luthier. As he gained an interest in fiddles and mandolins, he began to build those as well, and he surely succeeded! Now a luthier of over 40 years, Bruce has really perfected this art. Taggart mandolins and violins can be found and played at Weed Patch Music Company!
"A Joyful Noise Dulcimers" by Bill Arnold provides Weed Patch Music Company with a large variety of it's dulcimer family. Bill offers everything from affordable student dulcimers to get you started to beautiful dulcimers with incredible inlay work for any level player. Some of Bill's other interesting luthier work also includes the unique Marimbula or a variety of Limberjacks to keep you company while you're playing. You can often catch Bill traveling to many folk festivals around the Midwest, or you can stop by Weed Patch to play a large variety of his instruments today!
Bill Berg, of Mountain Made Music, has been creating dulcimers since the 1970's. All of Bill's dulcimers are made of all wood, no laminate, and each one is uniquely handcrafted. Bill's dulcimers have an incredible sound and quality making them a top of the line dulcimer. We regularly stock a wide variety of unique used and new instruments by Bill Berg, ranging from student models through exquisite professional beauties! Truly incredible craftsmanship in every dulcimer! Stop in and see for yourself!
WHITE RIVER DULCIMER COMPANY
White River Dulcimer Company was the former home of the Meadowlark, Traveler, and Navigator hammered dulcimers. From 2016 to 2018, these quality instruments were built by Michael Opp and Brent Schindler in Indianapolis, IN. In May of 2018, White River Dulcimer company was sold back to Rick Thum in Missouri, the originator of these finely crafted instruments. Rick Thum is widely known as one of the most influential dulcimer players of the last decade and an incredible luthier with many years of experience. We look forward to working with Rick in the future! Stop by Weed Patch Music Company to get one of the last remaining dulcimers built by the former White River Dulcimer Company of Indianapolis!
Sue Westhues began her gourd creations with the planting of a single package of gourd seeds and the intention of creating a few birdhouses. Now Sue has created a full career of gourd art and instruments. Having appeared on the Home Gardening Channel and in several books and publications, she has gained quite a lot of popularity. Sue provides Weed Patch Music Company with a variety of primitive instruments, with everything from hand drums to friction drums to shakers and more, there is sure to be something for everyone! Come on in to check out our percussion section by Sue Westhues!
Douglas Thunderhorse Goldsmith is the incredible luthier behind Thunder Horse Flutes. Douglas creates his instruments using only wood that is native to North America with respect to all that came before him. Each one of his instruments has been handcrafted and inspired by the flutes of the First People. The mastery in which he creates his instruments is second only to the passion he has for his work and his dedication to keeping this style of flute alive and accessible to the people who love to play and collect them. Come breathe life into one of these beautiful Native American flutes and hear the spirit of Douglas's work!
Here at Weed Patch Music Company, we are dedicated to supporting our local luthiers and craftspeople. We are proud to support the many talented local builders in Indiana. We are always happy to welcome new luthiers to the Weed Patch Music Company family, so if you are a builder or know someone who is, send them our way! We can't wait to meet them and give them a home to showcase their works of art and music!