September 28, 2007
Montgomery County native Violet Brumley Hensley received much state and national acclaim for her fiddle-making and playing talents. She made her first fiddle by hand at age fifteen and crafted about seventy instruments throughout her life. Known as “the Fiddle Maker,” she demonstrated her work at festivals throughout the nation and made several television appearances, such as this 1977 appearance on the Captain Kangaroo Show. In 2004, she was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Arts Council.