All strings attached

Surrounded by the faint scent of freshly varnished wood and bathed in the warm light of the morning sun, luthier Stephen Bacon gets to work organizing his day.

For more than 35 years, the ever-smiling, bushy bearded instrument maker has been repairing and restoring stringed instruments, some as old as the 16th century.

Since the early 1980s, Bacon has been restoring classical instruments, stringing violin bows, and repairing an array of stringed instruments in Ashland at his Bellwood Studios.

In addition to his luthier work, Bacon curates the Schuman Collection of Musical Instruments at Southern Oregon University.

"I am here for service," Bacon said. "I wanted to work with the community and I love music — this is something really divine for me."

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