WSU grad makes instruments, music from scratch

PULLMAN, Wash. – “The heartbeat is the basis of rhythm.”

For 40 years, Washington State University alumnus John Elwood has followed that beat to create music and instruments.

Making something from nothing, to share with others, is his delight, he said.

He carves wood into a variety of instruments. He also makes “canjos” – a take-off of a banjo made from string, a solid wood neck and a can. The can from Cougar Gold – a cheese made at the WSU Pullman creamery – is a local favorite.

To see an article from Washington State Magazine about Elwood, click here.

To learn more about Elwood, his music and the canjo, watch a video here.