Music Maker opens shop in Mt. Pleasant
Editor's Note: This is part of an occasional series by the Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance that highlights people and places along Utah's Heritage Highway, US. Highway 89.
A new kind of craft-making business has come to town.

In a historic building on Mt. Pleasant's Main Street that once housed the Vintage Rose craft store, Paul Hart is making music.

Hart, a recent Salt Lake City transplant, is teaching a handful of students the painstaking fine art of violin making,. He and his students -- who come from as far away as Iowa and Alaska are making violins, violas, basses and cellos in a I 100year-old building, located at 3 6 W. Main Street.

Hart has been constructing instruments since fie was a teenager. He comes from a musical family, and was interested in taking up the cello as a youth. "I also liked to work with my hands, so I thought I would try to make a cello so I wouldn't have to buy ore," he says. "I ended up selling it." That -vvas the first time I realized I could do something I enjoyed,. work with my hands, and make some money too."

Hart worked in Salt Lake City, making violins and teaching, since 1969. He also spent time in Mexico in the 1980s, making violins at a special art school set up by the wife of the country's president. In recent years, he concentrated on making violins rather than teaching the craft. But he kept getting requests from people looking for training, "There are not many good places to learn the craft," he says, "I started thinking 'if I could find the space.. I could take on some students."'

Hart moved to Mt. Pleasant a little over a month ago, and currently has three students. He plans to increase his class size to about a half-dozen. "I didn't advertise, word just kind of got out," he says. It takes about four years to become a violin-maker. The students plan to live in the community while they complete their training. Hart currently lives in an apartment above the violinmaking school, but is looking to buy a home to convert into a dormitory for students.

"I wanted to be a rural community, and be close to my father, who lives in Provo," Hart says of his move to Sanpete County. "I wanted to I ive somewhere rustic, where it was quiet, and I could run and hike."

For now, his new craft-making business is nameless. 'I'm searching for a name. I'm kind of stumped at the moment."


Paul Hart-Violin Maker 
36 West Main
Mt. Pleasant,  UT 84647
435-462-0301 (phone)