Barry Rust was born and raised in central Illinois. He grew up loving music and working in his father’s workshop. When he learned about the tradition of cigar box instruments, he built himself a ukulele out of a box his father once used to hold model train parts. Barry has created dozens of instruments from unconventional materials, including coffee tins and wine boxes. He sells these fine craft instruments as Great Plains Handmade Instruments.
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