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September 12, 2009

Owyhee Mountain Fiddle Shop


A good friend of mine Ken Pollard has finally created a new web site for his business of making and repairing stringed instruments.  It is the Owyhee Mountain Fiddle Shop in Idaho.  I have known Ken for more years than I care to admit to, we first met because of our interest in shooting muzzle loading guns.  With Sir George Stapleford we three became a trio of history buffs and good friends that for some reason lasted.

Ken has many talents, not all known to the public* and because of his background in Physics, I asked him to write the Foreword to Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications, which he graciously agreed.  Hide Glue is a crucial part of musical instrument construction and repair and Ken uses Hot Hide Glue in his work.  I am still trying to get him to give liquid hide glue another chance, even liquid fish glue, perhaps some day.

* hard tack souffle, roast magpie and he wears a skirt kilt.

If you have an old violin, viola, cello, bass, &c in need of repair Mr. Pollard would be happy to put into good working order, using the finest materials and with the greatest dispatch.



  1. Thank ye kindly, Stephen. I have put a link to your excellent blog on my website as well. Right now it is somewhat hidden on the “Local Doings” page, but will probably soon break those non-local (Boise area) links on to another page.

    Appreciate the mention.


    Comment by Ken Pollard — September 12, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

  2. Ken,

    Local is OK being as your neck of the woods used to be included in the State of Deseret in the mid nineteenth century.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 15, 2009 @ 6:12 am

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