Build a Fiddle!

Next workshop is May 9-20, 2022 contact Catherine at 276-206-0627

Randal Eller of Chilhowie, VA teaches a week-long course in fiddle-making. We limit enrollment to three people and Randal will contact you personally to organize the class based on your previous experiences.

Cost for the workshop is $3000 and can be subject to change with the rising cost of supplies.

Lodging is extra, with several affordable options available (see below).

Tuition includes: 

  • All supplies and tools need for the task
  • Custom wood and parts assembled personally by Randal
  • Full breakfast and lunch each day (M-F) and snacks/drinks throughout the day.

$500 deposit is appreciated upon acceptance to reserve your bench. The balance is due at workshop. We will accept payments up to the actual workshop, if you request to pay by PayPal or Credit card, you will assume the fees, because of this, many pay with a check.

Deposits are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your reservation and give more than 30 days notice, you may apply your deposit to a future workshop. If you cancel your reservation less than 30 days before the workshop start date, and your spot is filled by another students, you will be able to apply your deposit to a future workshop.

If you cancel less than 30 days before the course and your spot is not filled by another student, your tuition will not be returned or applicable to another class. Please understand your deposit and tuition will be refunded in full in the case of any course cancellation by The Henderson.

Partner Component

In the past we have had spouses that have accompanied their partners and were interested in exploring some of our other offerings. We now offer a variety of craft choices which may include pottery, Letterpress/Book Arts, quilting, weaving and more. If there is a particular interest, or perhaps a variety of general craft projects: mosaic, barn quilt painting, etc, let us know. The cost of the partner component is $500 which will cover supplies, instructor fee, and meals with fiddle workshop participants.

About the Workshop:
Everyone gets together for one week (beginning on a Monday morning, finishing Saturday afternoon.

We do have a couple with a small guest house that love to offer it to a couple attendees, it is about 3-4 miles away from town. All they request is that you make a donation to our HendersonJAM program in any denomination you are comfortable with. We try to reserve it for those that have traveled far. Catherine has the information. We have a boutique hotel with a Henderson 15% discount, The General Francis Marion Hotel. It is right around the corner from the school, on Main Street. Please note: YOU MUST CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT, mention you are attending a Henderson Workshop. They will not discount any third party registrations.

Exit 50 (off 81) has a Comfort InnHungry Mother State Park has cabins and yerts for a very reasonable price, it is about 4 miles out of town. Red Roof Inn is about 1-2 miles away and is a newly remodeled budget hotel.

There are also 3 local options through Air BnB, (that we know of, again subject to change):

Iris’s Place at Laurel Springs Farm (Marion)

The Lucille in Sugar Grove

The Family Farmhouse in Sugar Grove

We look forward to seeing you at The Henderson in Marion, Virginia!

Catherine Schrenker, Executive Director