Tag Archives: Washington County (Indiana)

Joe Manship, Electric Guitar Builder

Joe Manship makes Fender Telecaster-style electric guitars at the Manship family shop outside Hardinsburg, Indiana.  Joe took over Manship Guitars from his father, Alan Manship, around 2007.  Alan suffers from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare condition that has forced him to … Continue reading

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Philip LaFollette, Woodworker

Philip LaFollette is a woodworker who makes furniture at his Pekin, Indiana workshop.  LaFollette says he learned woodworking mostly by reading and practicing, improving his skills over time.  While he is experienced in architectural woodworking and woodturning, LaFollette’s personal focus … Continue reading

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Jim Smoak, Banjo Player

Jim Smoak is a banjo player, songwriter, and music teacher based in Pekin, Indiana. Growing up on a South Carolina farm, Smoak commonly listened to his grandfather “knocking the banjo” in the clawhammer style. Smoak soon dedicated himself to learning … Continue reading

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East Washington Strings

As an intern at TAI in the summer of 2008, I helped document music communities in my home county, Washington.  Based on an article in a local newspaper, I learned about an informal after-school music program at East Washington Elementary.  … Continue reading

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Blue River Music Association

As an intern at TAI in the summer of 2008, I helped document music communities in my home county, Washington.  I paid several visits to the Blue River Music Association in Pekin, participating in and recording music sessions.  The Association … Continue reading

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Images from the 2011 Pekin 4th

Photographer Greg Whitaker helped us capture some images of this year’s Pekin 4th of July Celebration. We’ll be drawing on his work for a TAI Rotating Exhibit Network panel about the celebration. Greg got some great pictures of the Spirit … Continue reading

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Richard Clark, Hide Tanner and Bow Builder

Richard L. Clark practices hide tanning, bow building, and other art forms inspired by his Cherokee heritage.  Clark’s Native American arts draw on his skill as an illustrator and carpenter, as well as dedicated reading and experimentation.  The items he … Continue reading

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WSLM Radio and Television

Don Martin has operated WSLM radio station from “radio ridge” in Salem, Indiana since 1953.  Martin learned radio technology while serving overseas in the Marines, later applying this knowledge to the establishment of WSLM in his home region.  Today, Martin … Continue reading

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Charlyn and Megan Corum, Fiber Artists

Charlyn and Megan Corum are fiber artists from the Salem, Indiana area.  Along with their brother, Vaughn, the Corums have been active in learning, teaching, and selling crafts in a variety of media.  Charlyn’s work currently focuses on knitting, and … Continue reading

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Ralph Bundy, Woodworker

Ralph Bundy of Vallonia, Indiana makes wooden toys, furniture, and wall mountings.  Bundy was introduced to woodworking in high school shop class.  Later in life, Ralph and his wife began saving dimes in their son’s old piggybank, gradually purchasing the … Continue reading

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