We don't know who Woody Williams was, but we do know he built this mandolin in 1978, or at least he engraved that tailpiece that year. There is a stamp inside that simply reads "Woody Williams Elmira, New York," so we have a location for its construction as well. Even a quick glance suggests that in many ways Woody's ambition exceeded his ability. The mandolin's shape is ungainly and the general level of craftsmanship is raw.
But unlike many of these homebrew efforts, the neck is actually well shaped and plays quite well. The tone is bright and crisp and not displeasing. This mandolin is not a great instrument by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a wonderful example of playable folk art.