"A violin and a fiddle are the same thing. You carry one in a case, and the other in a pillow sack." So explains
ClintonMath Deatherage, an artist with an unusual medium. The grandson of a violinmaker, Deatherage whittled his first neck block at age nine; twelve years later, in 1970, he started his own business, with the goal of providing " Abilene Old Worldquality in a new instrument." Working with his wife, Jan, Deatherage hand carves and then individually fits seventy or more pieces for each violin, finishing up with an all-natural varnish. Altogether, he spends a minimum of two hundred hours on a single instrument. Through his work he has conferred with many musicians, including the legendary Bob Wills. Texas
(From the December 1993 issue of Texas Monthly, page 146)
Math Deatherage, master luthier, began his profession at the tender age of nine years old, when his father dared him to attempt to build a violin neck. From that time on, he has been honing the craft of string instrument making. Mr. Deatherage apprenticed under his Grandfather, who was also a violin maker, and another violin maker for a period of fifteen years.
In 1970, he started his own business, custom making violins, mandolins,
banjos, and guitars. The store, Deatherage Music Co., has also been engaged in
the retail business, selling and repairing stringed instruments and
accessories. Deatherage Music is the largest repair and restoration facility in
Math has carried on another tradition in the Deatherage clan, the art form
of old time fiddle playing. He began playing at the age of six. Math's
grandfather, John Deatherage, and his uncle Earl "Popcorn"
Deatherage, a well-known dance band fiddler in the region, encouraged him to
learn and perform the many
Mr. Deatherage was recognized in 1995 by his peers as being an outstanding
violin maker in a competition held annually in Tucson,
Deatherage Music Company manufactures four and five string Violins; Rosewood, Maple, Mahogany, and Mesquite Guitars; Four and Five string Banjos; Four, Five, and Eight string Mandolins; Violas and Cellos; and handles thousands of repairs every year. Deatherage Music Company also makes bows.