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 low and not had time to make more except on a custom order basis. Cherry fiddles cost $600 and walnut or curly maple are $650. My early fiddles had western red cedar soundboards and more recently I have been using Engelmann spruce from Colorado. Both soundboard woods are available for the same price. My fiddles are all 4/4 size instruments.
This is my 23rd fiddle overall and my fifth chicken head. It is 4/4 size, as are all my fiddles so far. The back, ribs, neck, tailpiece and chinrest are all cherry, the fingerboard is jatoba and the soundboard is Engelmann spruce. The pegs, endpin and endrest are ebony. To see a video of this … Continue reading Fiddle #23, cherry chicken head-$600
This is my fourth chicken head fiddle and my 22nd fiddle in total. It is made mostly from cherry with a persimmon fingerboard and tailpiece and an Engelmann spruce soundboard. It has ebony pegs, endpin nut and end rest, and a Tru Oil finish. Here is a link to a video demo of this fiddle:
This cello is not for sale, but I can make another one like it in 2-4 months. If you would like to come and try it out before you commission one to be built you’re very welcome, just let me know. A cello like this one would cost $1300, other wood choices would cost more … Continue reading Cello #1, cherry
This is my first chicken head fiddle. I made it in January for an exhibit at TAUNY in Canton NY which recently ended. My goal was to make it as much as possible from wood from trees I had cut here on the farm where I am living, so it is made mostly from cherry … Continue reading Fiddle #18, cherry chicken-head-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
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
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