B.C. man’s harpsichords used around the world
Adapted from The Northshore News by Nancy Carson
Craig Tomlinson was 16 and living in Coquitlam.
It was the 1960s and folk music
was very popular again.
Many folk musicians played the dulcimer.*
Tomlinson looked everywhere for one.
Never gave up
Tomlinson said, “You could just not buy them anywhere.”
But the young man did not give up.
He thought, “What the heck,
I’ve got a picture of one, I’ll build one.”
He built many of the four-stringed instruments
and could soon build one in less than a week.
Tomlinson wanted a new challenge,
so he built a more difficult instrument.
He began building harpsichords
which can have up to 200 strings.
He makes them in his small workshop
behind his West Vancouver home.
Harpsichords had become popular in the 1950s
when baroque music became popular again.