jeffrey charles foster
jeffrey charles foster
@jeffrey-charles-foster
one week ago
8 posts
Ken Longfield:

Friends, I just received word that Mike Slone who worked with the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming in Hindman, KY died. I copied this from the Appalachian Artisan Center Facebook post:


Arrangements for our dear friend and accomplished luthier apprentice, Mike Slone will be at Nelson Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday January 4th six to nine p.m. and visitation on Saturday. Funeral will be Sunday January 6th at eleven a.m. with burial in the Slone Family Cemetery.


Mike Slone was a tenacious student of local musical heritage and in particular, of the dulcimers of "Uncle Ed" Thomas and McKinley Craft. In 2012, he began making quality replicas of these significant instruments at the AAC Luthiery and in 2014 was granted a KY Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant to further this work. He became a certified Community Scholar through the Kentucky Arts Council. He was a major contributor and curator of the Museum of the Mountain dulcimer, on permanent display in AAC's Cody building, and he coordinated the Hindman Dulcimer Festival in 2014 and 2015.



Mike Slone was the co-recipient of the 2016 Kentucky Governors Award in the Arts on behalf of the AAC's Hindman Dulcimer Project.


We hold Mike Slone's family in our hearts as we honor the memory of a "true original". A strong voice in the telling of the story of this region.

My sympathy goes out to Mike's family and friends. He was an enthusiastic proponent of the mountain dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."



Very sorry to hear Mike Sloan passed on God bless his soul.
Patty from Virginia
Patty from Virginia
@patty-from-virginia
2 weeks ago
239 posts

Jan, that's a great idea. Since my procedure I have been unable to lift the scroll saw. I'm still working on strength but not able to lift the scroll saw and the table it's attached to. Thought about selling it but my husband packed it away. Maybe some day. 

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
2 weeks ago
434 posts

Hmm...Patty, maybe you could figure out how to make a limberjack fashioned after Mike Slone, sort of.  It would be a creative way to honor his memory...




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Patty from Virginia
Patty from Virginia
@patty-from-virginia
2 weeks ago
239 posts

Hearing this made me cry. I would often chat with Mike on this website. I loved his knowledge of building dulcimers and his sense of humor. A few years ago he sent me a climbing bear toy. I treasure it. I've had fun with it. I guess I'm still a big kid at heart. I tend to be a crafty person and Mike encouraged me to buy a scroll saw as I wanted to make limberjacks. I wanted to make him one but I only managed to make a bow for my neighbor's ukelin instrument. Well, life took a few twists and due to some health issues I never got to make that limberjack. Mike will be missed. I will be lifting his family up in prayer. Here is a picture of Mike's climbing bear:

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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
539 posts

Here is a link if anyone wants to leave a tribute to Mike:https://www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Michael-Stephen-Slone?obId=3981475#/celebrationWall

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 weeks ago
434 posts

What a great Mike Slone story!  His personality comes shining through his words.  It would do us well to read this!  Thanks for sharing, Robin!




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
539 posts

Thanks for posting that link, Robin. It was something I was going to try to do this evening. I think that a nice piece on Mike.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
825 posts

https://www.humansofcentralappalachia.org/stories/2016/1/22/mike-slone




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Brian G.
Brian G.
@brian-g
3 weeks ago
98 posts

I'm very sorry to read this...

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 weeks ago
1,484 posts

Sad.  So young...

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 weeks ago
434 posts

I, too, was saddened to hear of Mike's death.  We used to chat quite a bit on here.  He helped a lot of people come to know and appreciate the mountain dulcimer.  My prayers go out for his friends and family.




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
3 weeks ago
155 posts

I don't know what to say to this news.  

To me, Mike was the embodiment of the old-time Kentucky dulcimer spirit.  A quiet and knowledgeable man who wanted to help others understand dulcimer history and mountain music.  He did his part to perpetuate the best of tradition.

Rest in peace, friend, and may God bless your family left behind.  Too sad...

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
825 posts

Rest in peace, Mike. image.jpeg




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Jim Fawcett
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett
3 weeks ago
86 posts
So sorry to hear this, Ken. Thoughts and prayers to his family.


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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 weeks ago
1,542 posts

Aw, that's terrible news. A great loss for so many music loving folks. My heart goes out to Mike's family.




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
539 posts

Friends, I just received word that Mike Slone who worked with the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming in Hindman, KY died. I copied this from the Appalachian Artisan Center Facebook post:

Arrangements for our dear friend and accomplished luthier apprentice, Mike Slone will be at Nelson Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday January 4th six to nine p.m. and visitation on Saturday. Funeral will be Sunday January 6th at eleven a.m. with burial in the Slone Family Cemetery.

Mike Slone was a tenacious student of local musical heritage and in particular, of the dulcimers of "Uncle Ed" Thomas and McKinley Craft. In 2012, he began making quality replicas of these significant instruments at the AAC Luthiery and in 2014 was granted a KY Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant to further this work. He became a certified Community Scholar through the Kentucky Arts Council. He was a major contributor and curator of the Museum of the Mountain dulcimer, on permanent display in AAC's Cody building, and he coordinated the Hindman Dulcimer Festival in 2014 and 2015.


Mike Slone was the co-recipient of the 2016 Kentucky Governors Award in the Arts on behalf of the AAC's Hindman Dulcimer Project.

We hold Mike Slone's family in our hearts as we honor the memory of a "true original". A strong voice in the telling of the story of this region.

My sympathy goes out to Mike's family and friends. He was an enthusiastic proponent of the mountain dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 01/02/19 08:27:59PM