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TITLE
Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (16 of 17)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_DONALDRIDDLE_16
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Donald Riddell
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1932
KEYWORDS
fiddles
violins
violin
craft
crafts
audio

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The late, great, Donald Riddell BEM, from Kirkhill near Inverness, was a fiddler, composer, and fiddle maker. He was also a Pipe Major in the Lovat Scouts. His pupils include Duncan Chisholm, Bruce MacGregor and Iain MacFarlane.

In this audio extract, Donald counts up the number of separate pieces involved in the purfling process (purfling is a narrow decorative wooden strip inlaid into the top and (often) bottom plates of a stringed instrument). The image shows Donald playing one of Alexander Grant's round violins, known as the 'Rondello'.

Well, there's either eighty one or eighty two, according to whether it's a one or a two piece back. Well, you see, when you start counting that purfling - there's three pieces of purfling there, three there, three there, there, there, there, you see? And that's, when you multiply that up, that's - six threes are - eighteen, just in purlfing alone, in the front, 'cos every time you cut, you see, that's - you've made it - you've separated, you see?

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Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (16 of 17)

1980s; 1990s

fiddles; violins; violin; craft; crafts; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Donald Riddell

The late, great, Donald Riddell BEM, from Kirkhill near Inverness, was a fiddler, composer, and fiddle maker. He was also a Pipe Major in the Lovat Scouts. His pupils include Duncan Chisholm, Bruce MacGregor and Iain MacFarlane.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract, Donald counts up the number of separate pieces involved in the purfling process (purfling is a narrow decorative wooden strip inlaid into the top and (often) bottom plates of a stringed instrument). The image shows Donald playing one of Alexander Grant's round violins, known as the 'Rondello'.<br /> <br /> Well, there's either eighty one or eighty two, according to whether it's a one or a two piece back. Well, you see, when you start counting that purfling - there's three pieces of purfling there, three there, three there, there, there, there, you see? And that's, when you multiply that up, that's - six threes are - eighteen, just in purlfing alone, in the front, 'cos every time you cut, you see, that's - you've made it - you've separated, you see?