I make fiddles from cherry, walnut and curly maple and try to keep one made from each type of wood in stock, but lately I have run out and not had time to make more except on a custom order basis.  Cherry fiddles cost $550 and walnut or curly maple are $575.  My most recent experiment was making a fiddle with a chicken head in place of the scroll, to see pictures please visit the Shop News page.  My early fiddles had western red cedar soundboards and more recently I have been using Engelmann spruce from Colorado.  My fiddlea are all 4/4 size instruments.

Cello #1, cherry-$1100

This is the first cello I have built.  It is full 4/4 size, made from cherry wood with a spruce soundboard, bass bar and soundpost and a jatoba fingerboard. The pegs and endpin are ebony and were purchased premade. I used Henry Strobel’s book to build this cello and followed his patterns. The finish is … Continue reading Cello #1, cherry-$1100

Fiddle #15, curly maple-sold

This is the fifteenth fiddle I have built, and the seventh from curly maple. Curly maple and spruce are the classic woods for violins and this one has a one-piece back which is shown close up in the last photo. The back, sides, neck, fingerboard, tailpiece,end rest and chin rest are made from curly red … Continue reading Fiddle #15, curly maple-sold

Fiddle #3, cherry-sold

This is the third fiddle I built, back in 2012, and the first from cherry wood. The color of the cherry has become deeper and richer over time and will continue to darken. The back, sides, neck, fingerboard, tailpiece, end rest and chin rest are made from cherry, the soundboard and blocks are western red … Continue reading Fiddle #3, cherry-sold

Fiddle #14, black walnut-sold

To see a video demonstration of this instrument please follow the link below. This is the fourteenth fiddle I have built, and the sixth from black walnut. The back, sides, neck, fingerboard, tailpiece,end rest and chin rest are made from black walnut, the soundboard is Engelmann spruce from Colorado, the nut is rosewood and the … Continue reading Fiddle #14, black walnut-sold