My first chicken-head fiddle

I’ve been thinking of trying this for a couple of years but didn’t get myself together to do it till now.  I am not fond of carving scrolls on fiddles, and the chicken is easier and more fun to carve.  This fiddle and a banjo (#62) are going to be on display at TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate NY) in Canton from February through October of this year.  I’ll be making another chicken head fiddle when time permits, and will plan to sell them for $550 just like a cherry fiddle with a scroll.  Here are a few close-up pictures.  To see a video clip of this fiddle please follow the link below:


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