Improvised Folk Fiddle

I made this instrument to have a good reason to learn to play fiddle tunes.  I loosely applied elements of violin protocol such as scale length and some proportions to make the instrument seem reasonable to someone with violin training.

my fiddle

I built it while living at Sandhill Farm in Rutledge Missouri in the hot, humid Summer of 2014. Their partially subterranean workshop provided a cool respite to tinker in my free time.

Here's a video of me playing it with fellow Sandhill people Jon and Darien.

Halfway through building it, I learned that Instructables was running a musical instruments contest, so I documented my work there.  It's also hosted locally as .pdf here: Improvised-Folk-Fiddle

The person in the videos below is Rich, an experienced self-taught fiddle player.

He said:

it's like flying a plane I haven't flown before.