Edd Pressnell: Dulcimer Maker


Mark Richmond Sr. posted this photo on FaceBook, “Dulcimer Players – Have you ever wonder why you have carved hearts on your Dulcimer? Dulcimer maker Edd Presnell has the reason written on his tombstone: ‘THOSE CARVED HEARTS ARE PLACED AND POINTED TO TALK TO GOD'”


For those interested in mountain dulcimer history here’s some more information on Edd Pressnell that I have found:

Edd Pressnell: Dulcimer Maker
Edd Presnell, a mountain craftsman and native of Watauga County, North Carolina, demonstrates and comments on the construction of a dulcimer.  Presnell learned his craft from his father-in-law.  Film includes a brief performance on a finished dulcimer by his wife, Nettie. This 16mm film is archived in the Thomas G. Burton and Jack Schrader collection in the Archives of Appalachia, East Tennesse State University. See video at:

Edd Presnell made his first dulcimer in 1936 and his last, #1,890, shortly before his death in 1994.

Edd Presnell (left, dulcimer player and maker), sitting on split rail fence next to fiddler Shoner Benfield with Grandfather Mountain in background http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/morton_highlights/id/2386/rec/5

Carving of Edd Presnell carved in a piece of wood, found on his gravesite:

Edd Presnell’s Obituary


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