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The Magnolia Sisters
Courtesy of Denise Kang
The Magnolia Sisters (left to right): Anya Burgess (fiddle), Jane Vidrine (banjo), Ann Savoy (accordion), Lisa Trahan (guitar).

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV / Stream now with the PBS App

Celebrate the joy of music and the creation of handcrafted instruments on this new episode of CRAFT IN AMERICA. "Harmony" features accordion maker Marc Savoy and the Savoy family; bow maker Susan Lipkins; luthier Doug Naselroad and the Appalachian Artisan Center Culture of Recovery program; and artist Richard Jolley, whose monumental glass sculpture inspired the commission of a violin concerto.

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In Hindman, Kentucky master luthier Doug Naselroad leads the Appalachian Artisan Center Culture of Recovery program, which teaches musical instrument making to people in recovery from opioid addiction and other substance abuse.

The program teaches students to make the mountain dulcimer, which requires a complex construction process using woods from the region. It seeks to revive the local economy as well as support its students on their road to recovery. Many of the graduates go on to become luthiers themselves or apply their new knowledge to other occupations - a testament to the healing power of craft.

Work by the featured artists was exhibited at the Craft in America Center from Dec. 11, 2021 through March 19, 2022.

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