Five String Fiddles and their larger cousins, the Five-string Violas, Cellos and Double Basses, are gaining popularity, year by year.
Up until now, I have simply combined my five-string offerings with my traditional instruments; so they have been a little on the “obscure” side. I finally decided that, since my five-string instruments were actually in more demand than my others, anyway, they ought to have their own website.
So…here we are! The website is brand-new, hence, under construction. I will continue to add content, articles, photographs, etc. as time permits.
My personal instruments are made either of traditional woods (European Maple and Spruce), Domestic Maple and Spruce, or any combination of a number of other woods. Koa is hard to come by, but it worked very well. Bubinga is easy to get, still, and can make an excellent choice. I have used Myrtle with Port Orford Cedar, resulting in a very fine instrument that was completely domestic to Oregon (not including the fittings which were Ebony.)
I do build a few instruments on speculation. If you like something I have already made, then we can talk about how to make it your own. If you know what you want, and I haven’t got it, then we can talk, and decide whether I am the luthier who can make your dreams come true.
Go to “Chronology” to see all the five-string instruments, or give me a call, if you want to talk.