Craftsmanship, talent displayed at Handmade Music Exposition

By Jim Hagerty
Online Editor

A few hundred combined years of experience was displayed at the JustGoods store Saturday, May 7, for the third annual Handmade Music Exposition.

Drums, violins, guitars and other unique instruments were displayed as live music filled the store at 201 Seventh St. Each vendor displayed a brand of uniqueness and personal flair with each instrument.

While some craftsmen produced traditional instruments, others let creativity lead the way, such as David Schneider and his line of mandolins, mandolas and guitars.

I’m more of an experimentalist,” Schneider said of his craft, especially the art that went into creating an acoustic bass tuned like a mandolin.

Local artisan David Stocker showed a variety of handmade drums, many of which are made from cans, barrels and other material, while Jim Worland of Worland Guitars displayed an entire line of acoustic and electric guitars.

Live music, played on the handmade instruments on display, was performed throughout the day.

Following is a complete list of exhibitors who took part in the show:

Dan Bombliss—Guitars, Morrison, Ill.,

Dan Breitenstein—Violins, Lynn Center, Ill., (309) 781-7205 or

Austin Cliffe—Electronic and circuit bending, DeKalb, Ill., (773) 344-2434 or

David Dolak and Dustin Brown—Guitars and ukuleles, Downers Grove, Ill., (630) 963-4758 or Building guitars and ukuleles and teaching at Columbia College.

Kevin Mason—Guitars and ukuleles, Wheeling, Ill., or (847) 670-7441

Shawn Patrick—Guitars, Winnebago, Ill.,

Chris Rodriguez—Extended-range basses, XB.L.CX, Rockford, (815) 218-3088 or Extended-range electric basses, maintenance and repair work, and music instruction.

David Schneider—Mandolins, mandolas and guitars, Silvis, Ill., (309) 796-9634 or Building guitars, mandolins, dulcimers and miscellaneous stringed instruments for 45 years.

David Stocker—Drums and percussion, Dijeridoo Productions, Rockford, (815) 519-7599, or Drums and music teaching.

Bob Stoltenberg—Violin basses, Plano, Ill., (630) 552-7816, Violins and double basses.

Steve Wheeler—Guitars, Winfield, Ill., (630) 988-5712 or Acoustic and electric guitars.

Jim Worland—Guitars, Worland Guitars, Rockford, (815) 961-8854, or Custom acoustic and electric guitars and harp guitars.

From the May 11-17, 2011 issue

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