Musicmaker's staff is self-taught for the most part. We enjoy woodworking and other crafts, and we love music. We are passionate about what we do and have gained most of our knowledge and confidence through experience - playing it by ear...
Musicmaker's Kits first opened in the Spring of 1978 as an unusual hobby store, called St. Croix Kits, offering a variety of do-it-yourself projects for making practical household items such as clothing, clocks, outdoor furniture, kitchen cutlery, and musical instruments. Over the years, as many of our suppliers went out of business, we placed our focus on the musical instruments and began expanding our market by printing a mail order catalog. By 1993 we were manufacturing our own instrument kits in our current small factory in Stillwater and launching our web site to take advantage of Internet advertising. We now ship our products to enthusiasts around the world, and we've become widely known as one of the friendliest sources of creative musical assistance for a wide variety of acoustic instruments.
Our core mission is to help people experience satisfaction in building performance quality musical instruments and learning to play them. We strive to provide affordable kits and plans using top quality parts that fit together well, accompanied by carefully-written detailed assembly instructions to ensure that our customers succeed in producing finished instruments that sound great and play easily.
As a result of our efforts, we hope to see more people enjoying music and woodworking for relaxation, personal enjoyment, education, creative expression, and therapy. We believe that even non-musicians can participate in making music!