Dulcimer maker, woodcarver to receive honor in Harlan

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - A Harlan County native and an Ohio woman are being inducted into the 2012 National Hall of Fame for Mountain Artisans.

Al Cornett of Cumberland is a master dulcimer craftsman, musician and vocalist and a charter member of the Poorfork Arts and Crafts Guild in Cumberland.

He told the Harlan Daily Enterprise (http://bit.ly/PiBsx3 ) that the honor was unexpected and appreciated.

Cornett says for about 20 years, he has been making dulcimers for the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, which he says uses the instruments as a public relations tool.

Also being inducted is West Virginia native Wanda Edwards-Wentling of Brewster, Ohio.

She is an international award-winning master woodcarver and past president of the International Wood Carvers Association.

The induction ceremony will be Nov. 24 in Harlan.

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