Doug Naselroad is the founder of the Appalachian School of Luthiery, Director of the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co., and a master luthier who specializes in the mountain dulcimer. Naselroad has been making stringed instruments since 1969. After opening Naselroad Guitars in Mt. Sterling, KY in 1979, Doug developed a signature line of stringed instruments and door harps that have been sold around the world. In 2012, Doug was selected as the Appalachian Artisan Center’s Master Artist in woodworking, and he founded the Appalachian School of Luthiery located on Main Street in Hindman, KY, where he leads the Culture of Recovery Program, an apprenticeship for those recovering from opioid addiction. Those who study instrument making with him at the Culture of Recovery program have said that this opportunity is providing them with a new, positive outlook on life. Some of the graduates go on to become luthiers, and many take the ability to master a skill into other occupations.
Naselroad specializes in the mountain dulcimer; an instrument which originated in Hindman, Kentucky in the late 19th century. The mountain dulcimer, with its curved silhouette and heart-shaped sound holes is as beautiful as it is musically authentic, and crafting one is a complex construction process involving precise cutting, shaping, carving, and tuning.