We have a knowledgable and music-loving staff of shop workers and sales people, all of whom are dedicated to offering you a unique, exceptional experience. So whether you are ready to buy a harp or just want to chat about folk music, we’re ready to help you.
Owner & Founder
Gary founded Stoney End in 1984, after spending several years working in the construction trade as a cabinet-maker and furniture restorer. He has since designed plans for a line of 12 beautifuly-made Stoney End lever harps which satisfy a wide range of musicans’ needs. Today Gary stays busy building harps, growing his vineyard, hosting a series of concerts and outdoor music festivals, giving tours, and keeping involved in the Red Wing community.
Eve has been with Stoney End from the beginning. She left a career in disability service to join her husband Gary and work full-time at Stoney End in 1998. She loves demonstrating our instruments, helping customers find the perfect harp to fit their needs, attending national music conventions, and lavishing attention on the barn’s nearby gardens.
Shop Supervisor & Instrument Repairs
Brian was with Stoney End back when it was operating out of a little workshop tucked in the Hay Creek valley near Goodhue. He’s built more than his share of harps over the years and has enhanced his skills through the Instrument Repair Program at the South East Techicnal College in Red Wing. An avid fly fisherman, if he isn’t making harps, he can likely be found with rod and reel at a local trout stream.
Harp Maker & Artist
Cathy has been building and stringing harps with Stoney End for 12 years. She is also our resident artist, creating beautiful harp artwork—including her own custom designs—using watercolor paint and wood burning techniques. Cathy shares her studio space with her husband Winston and five cats.
Sanding & Finishing
Russel excels at sanding and varnishing our harps. He can usually be found in the workshop during the evening—making piles of authentic harp dust—and applying a water-based varnish that protects and enhances the natural beauty of Cherry or Walnut.
Official Stoney End Greeter
As a puppy, Pepper wondered into the workshop one day and has had a home with Gary and Eve ever since. He adores people and loves attention from customers. Now he is more advanced in years—he’s begun to go white around the muzzle—and can be most often found sleeping under the workshop’s stringing table or the apple tree out front.
Stringing Room Supervisor
A beautiful gray cat with white paws, Paws first appeared at the Stoney End workshop one afternoon—much like his friend Pepper—and with his gentle and affectionate nature was soon adopted into the Stoney End family. He also loves attention and is an enthusiastic bird watcher.