Warren May, a professional furniture and instrument maker in Berea, was recently named the recipient of the Homer Ledford Award.
The award honors artistic excellence and dedication to Kentucky musical traditions. It is presented by Colista Ledford, Homer's widow; the Kentucky Historical Society; and the Kentucky Arts Council.
During his lifetime, Ledford created 47 banjos, 23 mandolins, 21 guitars, 18 ukuleles, 13 dulcitars (an instrument Ledford invented and patented), three dulcijos, four violins, two bowed dulcimers and almost 6,000 standard dulcimers. Several examples of Ledford's work are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution.
May received the award on Sept. 26 at "Made to be Played" at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort.