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Company Fiddler
03-19-2009, 10:36 AM
I recently saw a photo of a fiddle that was owned by a Capt. Cross of a NY regiment (don't recall which). He had carved his name, unit and a heart with his wife's name on it. It inspired me to carve inscriptions on an old fiddle for use at reenactments. It is strung up with gut strings and the tail piece is attached with gut also.

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HG blacksmith
03-19-2009, 11:17 AM
That looks realy neat! Must have been difficult to do; working with wood that thin. I'd be afraid of punching through the top!:mad:
Did you use a knife or do you have the special carving tools?

Company Fiddler
03-19-2009, 11:36 AM
Thanks Dave. I layed it out with pencil and then scribed the edges of the letters with an exacto knife. Then turned the blade on it's side to scrape out between the scribed lines. It was a slow process.

Danny
03-20-2009, 09:53 AM
I recently saw a photo of a fiddle that was owned by a Capt. Cross of a NY regiment (don't recall which). He had carved his name, unit and a heart with his wife's name on it...

I re-post those here, attached. The instrument is in the Canning collection at National Music Museum, University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark Street,Vermillion, SD 57069 (an aside: James Scribner Canning learned banjo from Albert Baur, a former Union soldier / banjo player who played and taught professionally for decades after the ACW)

This violin belonged to James A. Cross, who enlisted in the 2nd Regiment New York Volunteers at Troy, New York, in the spring of 1861. Cross was First Lieutenant from May 14, 1861, through July 29, 1862, and was later promoted to Captain.

Dan Wykes