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Apache fiddles were made predominantly from the stalk of the agave plant. This is the "cactus" type plant that is better known as the source of the sugary syrup that makes tequila. The Apache people of southern California and Mexico also recognised the excellent musical qualities of these huge stalks. Further south the Mayan people used the stalks to make the "Mayan Trumpet" very like the Australian didgeridoo. But my interest was sparked by the unique, tubular, single string fiddles of the Apache. They were drone instruments used to accompany singing at weddings and other celebrations. It is now extremely difficult to find an authentic Apache fiddle. So I started making a few in the winter of 2017/18. Since then my fascination for this wonderful resonant material has expanded as fast as the agave stalk itself. I have replicated dozens of different instruments. So this website has changed from its original form to explore the multitude of instruments that can be made from "the wood that sings". I believe that I am the only person in the world to have made so many instruments from Agave.