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Former New Mexico farmer morphs into master mandolin maker


September 14, 2017

CABALLO, N.M. (AP) — To get to Bill Bussmann's house, you take exit 63, the Hillsboro exit, off of I-25, about two hours south of Albuquerque.

It gets interesting after that. Instructions for finding his place include looking for a gravel road halfway between two specified mile markers, driving to the edge of a canyon, following the switchbacks to the bottom, continuing past the ranch house on the left and looking for a dozen mailboxes on a big timber. You still won't be there, but you're getting close.

Bussmann, 68, and his wife, Susie, live in an adobe brick and stone house they built 4...

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