The following displayed instruments represents slightly over 40% of those produced here. A variety of shapes are shown, and as a result of experimenting with shapes, it has been proven to my satisfaction that a person can have an instrument in any reasonable shape he might desire, including standard, and have a quality instrument with good sound posibilities.
Number 4 is in birdseye maple. Unavailable
Number 8 is in fiddleback maple. Unavailable
Number 11 is in bloodwood. The customer requested no purfling. Unavailable
Number 13 is in red cedar. Unavailable.
Number 8 is in curly maple. Unavailable.
Number 16 is in red cedar. It is much larger than standard. Unavailable.
A child's fiddle in birdseye maple. Unavailable.
Number 14 is 3/4 size, and is a very sweet toned instrument in curly claro walnut. Unavailable.
The original fish fiddle. A bit difficult to play but it has a beautiful tone. Unavailable.
This instrument, in curly maple, was made after the fish fiddle to be easier to play. It has a beautiful tone and is unavailable.
The first 8 stringed instrument made here. It is very nice in tone but the peg box was made in an unacceptable final shape. It has since been standardized. Unavailable.
Number 27 is a nice 8 string in curly maple. If you look carefully, you can pick out something that is nonstandard. Unavailable.
Number 31 is a nice 8 string in curly claro walnut. It is unavailable.
Number 30 is a very nice 8 string in zebra wood. Zebra wood is a beautiful wood with very good musical qualities. Mark O'Connor gave me great honor by playing a couple of tunes on this instrument and one other of my construction. He seemed impressed with this instrument. Unavailable.
This instrument, # 29 I believe, is a very striking blond colored 8 string in curly maple. Unavailable.
Number 33 is an 8 string similar to #30, in zebra wood. At the time of this picture, it was set up to play in 4 string, which makes it a standard fiddle in all ways, but with a wider neck. An advantage of the 8 string, except for the trouble involved, is that it can be played in 8 string, 5 string, 4 string, or any other combination one might like to try. This instrument is available.
Number 36 is a nice 8 string in what I refer to as a fat 3/4 size. It has standard 4/4 string length, and it all works very well. Available.
Number 37 is a child's fiddle in curly maple. It is available.
Number 45 is a very nice curly maple in 3/4. It is unavailable.
Number 46 is the smallest instrument that I make. This instrument has won or placed in many fiddle contests in the hands of a very talented little girl. She outgrew it so it is available.
This instrument is very similar to #36 except it is in lacewood. It may become available soon, and is a nice instrument.
Number 47 is a child's fiddle in curly maple and is available.
Number 54 is a very good instrument, 3/4 size, in curly claro walnut and is available.
This mandolin was an effort to make a mandolin on a fiddle planform. This instrument is handsome and has a nice sound but its volume is not what one would like. Perhaps another will be tried as there are a number of fiddle-mandolin pairs that have been made with good success, some ahead on this page. Unavailable.
This is the mandolin part of a fiddle-mandolin pair. This instrument is "OK", but a bit short of what is desired. It is available as a pair.
This is the fiddle part of the pair and is a very good instrument. It is available as a pair.
This instrument is a very good standard 4/4 in zebrawood. It has a slightly shorter than standard neck and is unavailable.
Number 58 is one of many instruments that have been made to question the necessity of shape on the sound of a fiddle-violin. As a result of that study, I have concluded that any reasonable shape a person might desire can probably be made into a satisfactory or great instrument. Playability must be taken into account. This instrument has a very nice tone and is available.
This is one of 3 mandolins made in this form. It has a diameter of around 18 inches with the resulting short neck, that has been made a little wider than standard. It has a good tone but some players are put off by the wide short neck. It is available.
This is very much like the instrument above but is in curly maple rather than walnut.
This is a very nice standard 4/4 instrument with a great tone and made of an interesting figured lacewood. It will be awarded to someone as the prize in a drawing at the New Mexico State contest of the National Old Time Fiddlers in Truth or Consequences in October, I believe.
This is the second generation of "fish fiddles". It was created to be similar in plan-form to the first one but with enough changes to improve its playability. It was made in 5 string, and turned out to have an outstanding tone. In 4 string, the objective was met as it is easy enough to play, but when the 5th string is added, it becomes necessary to have great accuracy in using the bow. It is available.
This is the third and final form of the "fish fiddle". All problems of playing have been solved and it is a very good instrument in red cherry. Eventually, if not sold earlier, it will become the fiddle side of a fiddle-mandolin pair.
This is a 14" in diameter mandolin. It is a very nice instrument in red cherry, with a nice tone and a near standard neck. It is available.
This is a large mandolin with a near standard neck. It has a very nice tone and is of walnut and is available.
This instrument was created to test shapes again. It is somewhat larger than standard 4/4 and might be referred to as a 5/4. It is in curly maple and has an outstanding tone. It is unavailable.
This is the most "radical" shape I have made and is in mesquite. It has a super tone and probably produces the most comment wherever it is played. It is available but is expensive.
This is the "fish mandolin". It was made on the same plan-form as the original fish fiddle and in my view is superior to many mandolins. It is owned by the same individual that owns the original fish fiddle.
This is a wind charm and since it was made much as one would make an instrument, it is included here. It is unavailable.
Another instrument created to study shapes. This is a very nice 8 string and has a mandolin in its form well under way to create a pair. It is available.
This instrument is almost identical to the one above but it is slightly smaller and was "flipped". It is available.
This mandolin is the smallest of 3 sizes in its shape. This one has a most pleasing tone and is unavailable. Two others like it have been made but are unfinished and both have a good tone as well. It is unavailable.
This mandolin is very much like the one above it but is somewhat larger. It is in red cherry and has a great tone and is available.
This is the largest of the three sizes of these mandolins. This is a very nice instrument with a good tone and it is available.
Number #083 Instrument#103, a 5 stringed instrument in curly claro walnut. It has a very sweet tone and is available.
An 8 string in curly claro walnut, it is available and has a very nice tone. #44.
Number 66, in walnut. It is a nice instrument with purfling only on the top, in 1/2 size and is available.
Number 39 is an excellent instrument in 3/4 size. Unavailable
Number 55 is a 4/4 size in curly claro walnut with a beautiful tone and great looks. It is unavailable.
Number 25 is a very good 8 string in curly maple. It is unavailable.
This instrument is the 89th fiddle-violin made here and the 117th instrument. It is in what might be called 5/4 size and in curly maple. It has a near outstanding voice and is unavailable and is the last instrument completely finished here but not the last one made. I hope you enjoyed seeing them. Thank you.