Books by Chet Bishop

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Notes about “Books.”

There have been a few occasions when I put together a photo-essay of a repair or a build. Sometimes they were just on the website as incremental blog-posts, but sometimes they were collated in book-form.

For those and other future works, I will be posting these books here, where they are accessible to anyone who is interested.

They will come up slowly, as this “publishing stuff” is new territory for me.


Building a Five-String Fiddle

This is a photo-essay of the building progress (mostly step-by-step) of a commissioned five-string acoustic fiddle. It was made of Curly, old-growth Koa, with a Sitka spruce belly, and turned out very well.

Five String Fiddle Book


The Journeys of the Swan

This is a photo-essay of the completion of a cello, which had been begun in about 1990 by Kai Jensen, but never completed, as he passed away without having completed his only cello. His daughter, Maryanne Jensen-Gowan, commissioned me to complete the instrument.

The Journeys of the Swan

Old Fiddle Repairs

This will probably become a list of articles or short books on resurrecting old fiddles. Only one for now, but more will come. These will appear on Kindle for their minimum price

The Bread Bag Fiddle is a short work (3,800 words, 30 photos) chronicling the transformation of a “junk-store special”…a sadly neglected and abused violin, into the daily player of a gigging fiddler.

Resurrection of Another Dead Fiddle” is even a little shorter, but it includes details of internal structural repairs, as well as replacement of missing rib wood and s full neck-set. The customer had sadly set this one aside and bught a cheap violin on which to practice, but after the repairs, this violin returned to being her daily player. Happy Customer!

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