And that's where I was when I got a call from Charlie Dunn from the people here and they had heard about me and Charlie Dunn needed apprentices.
So how did that and how did he hear about you?
Well there was a man who I went to school with in Oklahoma who landed a job with Charlie. And when Charlie needed more help my name came up. And so Charlie said "Find him". So it took him four months to find me. I didn't have a phone. And I was living on an Indian reservation in Utah.
And I was you know one day.
You can't make that up.
No. And one day you know I just had a really rough day at work. I didn't know what I was going to do. I was like OK I either have to quit or I'm fired. I don't know which it is but I can't go back to work. And there was a knock at the door. And they said "Lee, you have a phone call. And it was, it was Steve calling on behalf of Charlie Dunn. And they were saying "We want you here, will you come.
And had you know who Charlie Dunn was at the time?
Yeah living in Vermont. Yes I knew who Charlie was. A friend of mine had traveled to Austin Texas and got an album by Jerry Jeff Walker. And brought it back to Vermont and said "You got to hear this song". And it was called Charlie Dunn.
And that song kind of immortalized Charlie Dunn.
Right and that that was you know I remember sitting in his van listening to the tape and thinking this guy's famous. And he's doing what I want to do and never thinking that I would ever meet him. Or go to work for him. I don't remember if I took five flew down here or if I got on a bus. I think I got on the bus. You know Greyhound bus. You know, and came here and just instantly, it was November of 1977, and I knew the minute I walked in the door that I had found what I was looking for.
And you know, and the workmanship that I saw here, Kirby, was like nothing I'd ever seen in my life. It was just the highest level of the craft being practiced. At the time that I came to work here, I believe I was one of four and they grew. But I stayed here and I worked for Charlie for nine years. And I met my wife here, Carolyn and in 1986 when Charlie retired at the age of 88. Carolyn and I bought the shop. We've had it since then. Since 1986.
It is. I was lucky. I was lucky to have met Carolyn and lucky to have found when I was looking for.
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