Lois Gribneau
  • Female
  • Monticello, IN
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I was looking for a small, portable stringed instrument and was enchanted by the sound of the bowed psaltery. I first saw it at Song of the Wood (Black Mountain, NC), where I purchased my instrument.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Jerry Read Smith (Black Mountain, NC)
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Not yet, but I expect to use it in conjunction with work as a music practitioner.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
No - I'm just trying to learn by myself.
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
An Internet search for bowing technique found the video clip with Rich Long. Then I browsed your site.

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At 1:44pm on February 12, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Excellent excuse. We'll let you off the hook, seeing as how it's for a worthy cause and all that. But you don't have to wait a whole year to visit us in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. If ever you plan an excursion over our way, let us know. I've got a ten by thirty foot screen porch overlooking the Greenbrier River.

At 9:07pm on February 11, 2012, Donna Malus said…

I couldn't agree more with Bonnie, the symphony is a WONDERFUL experience. This is the third one and I hope there will be many more. There will be some workshops as well.

At 9:04pm on February 11, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Lois, I accidently deleted both of your status posts, goofy me, please post one again?!?!

That's what I get for working when I'm tired

At 7:10pm on February 11, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

It's the weekend of the 25th of March. Thursday through Sunday, no fee to participate but you buy your own meals and lodging. It's an amazing opportunity and loads of fun. Go to www.westmaninstruments.com to see more. 


I never thought there was such a thing as too much rosin on a bow. It needs to build up on the strings, too. You don't clean the strings by any chance, do you? Tish always has good advice when I need it.

At 4:04pm on February 11, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

I'm still working on that. I love the low sounds but when I get to the high notes, they squeak or sound uneven. For any song I've learned, I have to practice quite a lot to get a smooth sound in the higher notes. My granddaughter picked up a bow for the first time in her life at age eleven and played the cello like she'd been taking lessons for a year. She's a natural. I'm not. But Tish Westman is a very patient and effective tutor. I've learned a lot from her. She and her husband make bowed psalteries at their West Virginia studio. I was in their 4-day workshop and performed in the bowed psaltery symphony at Tamarack last year. It was a great experience. I hope I can do it this year, too. Any chance you can take part?

At 1:56pm on February 11, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 11:26am on February 11, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Hi Lois!  Welcome to Psaltery Strings. I hope you love  your psaltery, I have always admired the Jerry Read Smith psalteries.

I also hope you will find the site helpful and fun. Please don't be timid about starting a conversation, asking questions or posting, that's what Psaltery Strings is for.



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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby



From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



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Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

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Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

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