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Craftsman Makes Florida-Flavored Stringed Instruments

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.



When Greg Monroe suddenly found himself out of work at a bottling plant for Coca Cola a few years ago, he decided to start building and selling his homemade traditional folk instruments. One string or three or four, his banjos, dulcimers, mandolins and cigar box guitars and other modestly priced instruments are all for sale at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday mornings on Kentucky Avenue.

He specifically uses locally grown and milled cypress wood as his primary tonewood, which Monroe says gives them a distinctive Florida flavor.

“The music they make, the sound, it's raw, unprocessed, unfiltered grass roots — down home, put a smile on your face and a tap in your shoe kind of music,” he says.

Sitting on a bench in front of his sawdust-covered garage workshop, plucking one of his banjo creations, Monroe ponders that music is about family, friends and community and having a good time, sitting on the front porch and picking and grinning.

“It's a lost art, and I am looking to bring it back.”


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Greg looks like he's havin a blast building and plying those music makers.... cool video Ted  .... thanks for sharing.


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