The HALIFAX FOLKLORE CENTRE was started and has been under continuous ownership by Tom and Marla Dorward since 1971. We are a unique music shop in a 135 year-old Victorian home, where stringed musical instruments are bought, sold, traded, consigned, built, repaired and appraised. We have a highly knowledgeable and experienced staff. We are musicians and we care about the instruments and the people who play them. Customer service is our cornerstone.
Tom built his first instrument, a classical guitar, when he was still in high school, and had already made three guitars when he enrolled in university. During three years of his undergraduate degree in psychology, he worked at Herb David’s Guitar Studio, alongside Dan Erlewine (now of Stewart-MacDonald Mfg. Co.), repairing and constructing musical instruments. In 1969 Tom enrolled in graduate Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and built several types of stringed instruments, including guitars, Appalachian dulcimers, and banjos.