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Apprentice shares his passion for Appalachian instrument

"If I wanted to make money, I'd do something else. If I wanted to be rich, I'd do something else," JT Turner, who's an apprentice at The Woodrow Instrument Company, located in the Grove Arcade. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Making mountain music is a craft and so is making the instrument itself.

One Asheville apprentice's passion is creating something called the Appalachian Woodrow.

"If I wanted to make money, I'd do something else. If I wanted to be rich, I'd do something else," JT Turner, who's an apprentice at The Woodrow Instrument Company, located in the Grove Arcade.

"What's nice about Asheville is a lot of new people are coming through, a lot of people teach, a lot of people come here for the music," Turner said. "And since it's an Appalachian-derived instrument, Asheville is a great place to be because we're in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains."

Turner said each individual Woodrow has its own sound.

"Some might sound a little more like a banjo, others sound a little more like guitar. They all have that dulcimer tone overall," he said.

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