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 making the long trek to North Carolina to vend at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival on Roanoke Island, September 23-26, 2015. This festival is a new venue for them and they are very excited to be able to vend in this part of the country. The band lineup for this festival features well known bands including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Little Roy & Lizzie (Lizzie plays one of Frank’s 5-strings), Dailey & Vincent (BJ Cherryholmes plays one of Frank’s 4-strings), Volume Five and many more. The highlight Saturday night will be a reunion performance by the Cherryholmes. BJ and Molly have played Frank’s Fiddles since they were nine and twelve. To check out the entire lineup (click here).
Frank’s Fiddles, owned by Frank Daniels and located in Meridian, Idaho, is celebrating its 18th 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. Frank has now exceeded his goal of making 200 fiddles/violins and will soon be starting on #217, a 4-string with a Carolina Poplar back, sides and neck.
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.
“As a maker, my goal is to craft great sounding instruments that will be played and enjoyed by many throughout the years to come.”
Frank has had the privilege of making some custom instruments in the last year or so and thought it would be fun to highlight some of these customers and their instruments.
Frank was contacted by a good friend from Middleton, Idaho who wanted to have Frank make his Mother, Ava, a fiddle for her 80th birthday. Ava’s grandson brought her over to talk to Frank to decide what she wanted. She is a small lady and wanted a 7/8th size instrument. Frank had some nice Sycamore back wood that was cut in Boise that she liked. Frank completed the instrument right before Christmas and she loved it. She plays it every morning when she gets up. Frank and Karen were invited to her birthday party where she carried the instrument around all day showing people. She even ate her birthday cake while holding it.
Ava’s grandson, Kelby, borrowed one of Frank’s new 5-strings to play at an Irish pub while he was home from college. Before Frank picked up the 5-string, Kelby told his Dad how much he liked the 5-string. Long story short, his Dad made an arrangement with Frank to buy the 5-string for Kelby’s college graduation present.