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Scates & Currie

Scates, Karen — Scates & Currie

Woodburn, KY


miniature musical instrument jewelry in wood

Karen Scates is an artist who has been working in miniature for over twenty years. She learned woodworking from her grandfather on their small farm in Woodburn, Kentucky. Karen explains,

“Granddad instilled in me a deep appreciation for fine craftsmanship and a true love of the beauty of wood. I’ve been fascinated with scale models as long as I can remember, so a progression to miniature woodworking seemed a logical path.”

 As an amateur musician, Karen brings to the world of miniatures what might be considered her specialty – miniature musical instruments. She admits with a smile, “I’m a guitar player, so of course, one of the first things I made in miniature was a classical guitar!” Karen makes miniature dulcimers, bluegrass instruments, and Bill Monroe style mandolins out of such hardwoods as walnut, maple and cherry. Her 1/12th scale instruments have hollow construction and are made as much like their full-size counterparts as possible with inlaid wood and bent sides. Using a lot of magnification, Karen even has surgical instruments for tools.

 Karen’s miniatures can also be found at Warren May Woodworker, Berea, K;, Appalachian Fireside Gallery, Berea, KY;  the Kentucky History Center, Frankfort, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Artique, Lexington, K;, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Renfro Valley, KY; the Mammoth Cave Hotel,  Mammoth Cave, KY; Kentucky State Park gift shops, and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.