Oregon Art Beat

George Leverett's Hurdy-Gurdy

Luthier George Leverett started out making dulcimers and harps. When his wife brought home a hurdy-gurdy, he became intrigued. The string instruments, which were popular with Medieval street musicians, are played by turning a crank with one hand and playing the keys which hit the strings with the other. George makes them by hand, a painstaking process. obrien oregon.

First Broadcast: 2009
Producer: KC Cowan

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