Thanks to all who visit this web site and to those who take the time to contact Frank about his instruments. If you’d like to visit Frank and his wife, Karen, in person, they will be vending at the Darrington Bluegrass Festival in Darrington, WA the 3rd weekend in July and at the Plymouth California Bluegrass Festival the 3rd weekend in September.
Frank’s Fiddles, owned by Frank Daniels and located in Meridian, Idaho, is celebrating its 17th year in business this year. What a rewarding journey this has been thanks to our loyal customers and to all of the great friends we’ve made along the way.
In addition to selling his handcrafted 4-string and 5-string fiddles/violins, Frank does repair work and sells used instruments and accessories. If you would like more information about Frank’s handcrafted instruments after exploring the web site, or if you are interested in visiting Frank’s shop, please (click here) to contact him.
Frank has now exceeded his goal of making 200 fiddles/violins. He has recently finished #204, a custom ordered 4-string violin with a Quilted Maple back; #208, a 5-string that has a Big Leaf Maple back out of wood Frank purchased from Port Towsend, WA; and #209, a 4-string with a Sycamore back. The quilted maple used for #204 came from the Darrington, Washington area and was harvested by the customer. The Sycamore wood used for #209 came from trees cut down in a friend’s front yard in Boise.
You may have noticed a new look to our web site. We now have a new web master, Michele Armstrong, who lives near us and works in graphic and web design. Michele is revamping our web site using newer software to make it easier for us to make updates. This is a work in progress and we will be adding some video and other enhancements as we go along. Please let us know what you think.
We want to take this opportunity to thank Mark Anderson for developing and maintaining our original web site since 2007. He did a terrific job and we can’t thank him enough. Mark is now extremely busy with work and helping his four teenagers with their band, Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin (www.thefearlesskin.com).
“As a maker, my goal is to craft great sounding instruments that will be played and enjoyed by many throughout the years to come.”
There is a wonderful group of musicians from the Treasure Valley that Frank works with called the Idaho Junior Jammers and featured to the right are three young women who play Frank’s 4-string fiddles with this group.
The Idaho Junior Jammers, comprised of over 100 students ranging from age 3 to 18, were formed by Roberta Pearce of Nampa and have performed for over 30 years under her direction. The Jammers and the Little Hoedowners perform two annual shows a year, the Country Hoedown in March and the Harvest Hoedown in November.
The Jammers also volunteer to perform at Christmas for Seniors and Veterans. Many of the students also compete in fiddle contests throughout the country.
Their Assistant Director, Katrina Nicoleyeff, has won the Grand Masters in Nashville twice and the Grand Championship at the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser twice. To learn more about this wonderful group of fiddlers, check out their website at www.jrjammers.com.