String Masters Show Their Pluck

Necessity Made Instrument Craftsmen; Love Of The Art Spurs Them On

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Posted: June 29, 2013

Glen Knicely works on repairing a personal violin in his shop on Wednesday. Knicely works on stringed instruments ranging all the way down to the bass. The working musician turned to instrument repair in 1996. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Glen Knicely, working in his shop on Wednesday, became an instrument repair craftsman when he broke his own standup bass and needed a quick fix. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Vernon Hughes, a mandolin maker in Timberville, bends a strip of wood for an instrument he is working on in his shop on Monday. Hughes has been a mandolin player most of his life. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Vernon Hughes, a mandolin maker based in Timberville, strums one of his handmade instruments, which he stamps with his name, at his shop on Monday. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
HARRISONBURG — Glen Knicely, a working musician, broke his standup bass one Saturday and needed to be back on stage the next Friday.

“I thought, ‘I don’t even know where to take this, and I don’t…


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