Native Kentuckian Warren A. May has spent his lifetime working with wood. Born and raised in a pre-Civil War two-story log home in Carroll County, Warren was the youngest of ten children. He earned his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Eastern Kentucky University where he was trained in classical woodworking. He and his wife, Frankye, have three daughters and live on a farm near Berea, KY.
Warren has more than forty years of experience in professional furniture and dulcimer making. Both the furniture on display in his shop and the Kentucky mountain dulcimers are made by Warren and his assistants in his workshop located on his farm. Hand work is completed at the Berea, KY shop – including hand carving on furniture, the dovetailing of drawers, cutting of dulcimer soundholes, the installation of frets, and the final “stringing” of the dulcimers.
Warren’s furniture and mountain dulcimers have been featured in Dulcimer Players News, Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, and Woodwork magazines, and seen on HGTV and Scott Phillips’ “The American Woodwright”. His work may also be found in Southern Hands by Jan Arnow, Kentucky Crafts by Phyllis George, and Hearts and Hands: Musical Instrument Makers of America by Jake Jacobson.
Warren is an Exhibiting Member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and has received Lifetime Juried Status from the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.