The main instrument played by Seamus Sands, and used on his recordings, is a violin that he made over several years on a hobby basis. It is a high-arched instrument based on the outline of a Gagliano violin made in Naples, Italy around 1710.
One of the tools Seamus used was a very old and worn Scottish steel chisel that had been used many years before by his fiddle-playing grandfather and then ended up used for decades to open paint tins. He reconditioned this old chisel into a razor-sharp tool and through its use in making a fiddle it has played a role in linking fiddle playing generations.
Here are a few photos of the process of making that instrument that may inspire others to have a go at making an instrument…..