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FINISHED 150TH VIOLIN ON 74TH BIRTHDAY
"baby." His violins have taken
the place of children, family,
He lives in Greely, Col., where
his little shop is the Mecca for
fiddlers crossing the continent.
Fiske can hardly remember the
George W .Fiske, with his 150th "Baby."
"He makes violins to the glory
That was what Edward Rem
enyi, the noted violinist once
said of George Y. Fiske, known
to the fiddlers of the world as
'"the Stradavarius of Colorado."
For 40 years Fiske has earned
his living making violins that
have gone to all parts of the
world and have been played upon
by some of the most famous vio
linists of this and the last gen
eration. Just the other day, on
his 74th birthday, the old violin
maker turned put his 150th
time when he was not making
violins. As a boy at Bennington,
Yt., he was always putting bits of
wood together to make fiddles.
During the civil war he made fid
dles and fiddled by the campfire.
After the war he pioneered across
the plains, -fiddling his Way to
Colorado, where he's made vio
lins and played on 'em ever since.
By day he works at his violins
in his. shop where, on rafters and
iloor. are piled violin materials,
pieces of wood Fiske has picked
up and saved. There at night,
with the workshop turned into a,