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Fingerboard of Kjempa

Making a copy of "Sigrid"
an Erik Jonsen Helland hardanger fiddle

The player Vidar Lande asked me to make a copy of an Erik Jonsen Helland hardanger fiddle from the 1860s. Copying involves studying details of the original. I have taken some pictures of it, that are not good photograpy, but may be of interest to others.
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Vidar has translated into English an article taken from:
Eivind D. Aakhus: Memories from Norway and America, Kristiansand S., 1932
Read it

Like many hardangerfiddles, this one has black alder (Alnus glutinosa) for back, ribs and neck.
As you can read in the article, "Sigrid" has not retained her original fingerboard/tailpiece. So I have used the fiddle "Kjempa" as the model for those.
Kjempa ("The Giant") is another Erik Jonsen Helland hardanger fiddle from 1864, and it is practically unchanged.

Erik Jonsen Helland hardanger fiddle Kjempa

The two pictures to the left are "Kjempa"