I knew Ron Chacy as he was a student at Ohio University in the late 50's early 60's. I was a graduate student there and taught in the art department for a few years. Ron was around then, along with Kix Stewart (Stewart-MacDonald). I built my first dulcimer with Kix at that time using Mitchell's mimeographed instructions. Kix, being very creative, used a yard stick for the sides of the instrument! We all hung out around Dave Hostetler's sculpture studio and had bonfires out in the woods, drank, and sang folk songs. Great times.
Ron was around when Kix started his first banjo factory in a chicken coup in Athens, Ohio after working for awhile at Ode Banjo in I believe Boulder, Co. We were all involved with sculpture, wood carving, music, etc. Ron carved and ingraved banjo necks and hardware for Kix, and others. He is very good at it - I don't know how he developed such incredible skill.
About this time (1961) I met Ann Grimes, visited with her and restored some instruments for her. I studied her dulcimers, photographed them, and she bought a Scheitholt from me. Her instruments gave me a real insight into early dulcimers.
I moved to Carlinville, Illinois in 1962 (Blackburn College) and it seemed it was a good stopping over point for people going to Colorado, and West. Kix blew up the engine in his Jeepster there. I believe Ron stopped in and was learning harmonica then. I built some dulcimers there, a harpsichord, clavichord, (from kits)and other early instruments. My wife played rebec in an early music group. Interesting times. I got a job at State University College at Fredonia N.Y.in 1965. Kix met up with Bill MacDonald and started their company (Stewart-MacDonald)and never looked back. I started to build dulcimers full-time in 1969. Kix would fly up in his plane and visit for a day until about 10 years ago and call regularly, but I haven't heard from him since he left Stew-Mac. He was always a polite and pleasant person and very creative. I hope he is well. I haven't seen Ron since about 1962. He is another extremely creative person. Lots of fun with some very interesting and talented people. I am old and I hope I remembered things accurately.