Years ago when we purchased our first hurdy gurdy, a big part of our decision was based on our limited budget.
As a result we ended up with an instrument that was pretty much unplayable.
That early experience led us to begin building
them ourselves. The first HG we made was to replace the one we purchased. Immediately after we began incorporating our
new Hurdy Gurdy into our live performances, people started asking 'Can you make me one just like yours?' That's how it started
for us. We didn't advertise, it was all word of mouth.
After many proto-types and years of playtesting our models at live
performances, we are very pleased to be able to offer full featured, great sounding hurdy gurdies to fit any player's budget
We are often told 'You need to raise your prices'. That might be true, but then we might be discouraging
some future Hurdy Gurdy player because of budget concerns. WE started out that way and it was no fun. Our goal is
to not only offer the best hurdy gurdy for the price, but the best hurdy gurdy at any price.
We are very passionate about
Hurdy Gurdies and want to share them with the whole world.
WHEN YOU ORDER FROM US... you are ordering from professional,
full time hurdy gurdy luthiers. Every single workday is spent refining and expanding the craft of hurdy gurdy making. With over
1,100 instruments built, you are getting years of playtesting and building experience in each instrument. We know how much fun it
is play a Hurdy Gurdy, and we can't wait to share them with you.
Thanks for stopping by,
George & Anwyn
George Leverett -woodworking & design, harpist, hurdy gurdy
George was a business student in college (at UNR in Nevada).
He was going to be an accountant, but we all know how hard it is to find work in that field. So, he took the easy way out and
became a musician & luthier instead. George started making harps way back in 1994. In the late 1990's, George
got his first taste of making hurdy gurdies and found his true musical love in these wild and wonderful instruments.
Anwyn Leverett -artwork, finishing, hurdy gurdy
Anwyn started this all with George back at the beginning. To answer the question
most on your mind right now: Yes, she is always as happy as she looks in the picture. Besides her work with instruments,
Anwyn plays hurdy gurdy, psaltery, hammered dulcimer, & guitar.
Our woodshop on a snowy day
Do you have a question or comment? We would love to hear from you!
Anwyn & George Leverett / Altarwind Music
PO Box 32
O'Brien, OR 97534
When we're not in the woodshop-
We perform 'pirate' music under the name 'Long Blond Silver'. You can catch our shows around
southern Oregon / northern California.
We also host periodic hurdy gurdy 'jam session for players in southern Oregon.
Hurdy Gurdies by George & Anwyn Leverett