Dispute over money, control could jeopardize planned rebuild of Woody Guthrie home in Oklahoma

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FILE - IN This Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, a replica of sorts fashioned from wood from Woody Guthrie's childhood home is pictured at the Okfuskee County History Center in Okemah, Okla. A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie’s boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

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By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy.

The spat began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood salvaged from Guthrie's home in Okemah failed to sell last month on eBay.

Profits from the guitar sales were to go toward reconstruction of the 1860s-era property using lumber saved from the site when it was torn down in the 1970s.

The main players for the rebuild are not speaking and blame each other for the project's indefinite shutdown.

The home was to be finished in July in time for the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to the town of 3,000 about 75 miles east of Oklahoma City.

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