The main instrument I play and used on my recordings, is a violin that I 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 in 1710.

One of the tools I used was a very old and worn Scottish-steel chisel that had been used many years before by my fiddle-playing grandfather and then ended up used for decades to open paint tins. I 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 try to make an instrument…..have a go!