Walter George Clabburn
It is known through family
history that Walter G. Clabburn (b 1886) played a dulcimer made by
his father, but the instrument has not survived – or at least its
whereabouts are not known.
His father, also Walter George Clabburn (1862-1942), who made the
dulcimer, was born at a period where industries in Norwich were undergoing
big changes and new opportunities were opening up to replace the ailing
textile industry. The area he was born and brought up in was the same area
where Mark Widdows, dulcimer maker extraordinaire had lived and worked.
Walter senior’s father William was a sawyer and he may well have handed down
skills to Walter, or maybe just instilled him with an interest in carpentry
which led him to make his own dulcimer.
Walter George Clabburn junior left Norwich to work in London, gaining a good
job as post office engineer, and spending the rest of his life in the
capital city, where he died in 1947.
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