Crankies: What are they?
Ellen S. Pratt has been playing dulcimer for twenty-three years, banjo for about twelve years, and teaching about/showing crankies at festivals for about ten years. She was first introduced to crankies by Anna Roberts-Gavelt and Elizabeth LaPrelle while in Swannanoa, North Carolina for an Old Time Music week. Immediately taken by the idea, Ellen went home and constructed her own wooden crankie. She has crafted several scrolls using a variety of materials to go along with old time ballads and folk songs.