Mandolin Making Demonstration
September 14 - 15, 2012
Spend time on the back porch of the Ozark Folk Center auditorium this weekend with mandolin maker Mike Holmes. He'll be out there demonstrating and making his mandolins.
“My grandfather was a furniture maker and I have been making furniture and other things of wood most of my life,” said Mike. “My son-in-law is a mandolin player and I wanted to learn how to play. I couldn't afford an American mandolin and didn't want to buy a Chinese one so I built my own.”
A retired National Park Service Ranger, who spent all but four years of his career in the Ozarks, Mike prefers to use wood that comes from the Ozark Mountains in building his mandolins. He uses some exotic woods for the top plate. Mike is developing a recognizable style in his instruments and is starting to be sought after by mandolin players.
“I bought Roger Simminoff's book and pick other builders brains whenever I can,” said Mike, discussing the origins of his style. But his mandolins are distinctly Mike Holmes and they are quickly gaining a reputation for playability and beauty.
Visit with Mike and learn how you can take a class to make your own instrument during Ozark Folk School