The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country met Oct. 8th in Mason’s Eckert Center for a presentation by R. C. Lackey on making fiddles. R. C. is a FAAHC member from Junction.
He demonstrated with the parts of a violin and the handmade tools he uses to carve them. He became interested in this craft when he acquired the disassembled parts of an old violin that had belonged to his brother, Pete. Pete had found the violin, in a case, beside a street in Germany during WWII. It had not been picked up due to the fear that it might contain explosives. Pete, being a fiddle player, was unable to resist. He played it for his fellow service men, and for many events after his return to Junction. It supposedly had fallen apart due to the reaction of Pearl beer, poured into it to improve the tone, and the organic glue that held it together.