Make Your Own Diddley Bow

Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 4:00pm – 5:30pm 29-31 Coney Street
Rob Collins making a diddley bow.


Build Your Own Diddley Bow:

Diddley bows can be seen onstage in the hands of Seasick Steve and many other artists new and old, local and international.

In this workshop, you will learn about the diddley bow, how it's made and how it's played. Luthier, Rob Collins, will also lead you building your very own diddley bow.

Participants will be able to take their instruments home.

About Rob Collins /

With 30+ years experience as a musician, I am responsive to the needs of musicians. My instruments are made to be played and they can be seen in the hands of professionals and enthusiasts around the world.

Handmade Instruments:

I make extensive use of hand tools and freehand techniques, blended with high precision where needed. In this way I am able to create instruments with the looks and tactile qualities of a craftsman-made object, combined with the precision and playability you demand as a musician.


I have large stocks of recycled and sustainably sourced timbers. The use of non-traditional materials and UK grown timbers has always been my speciality.


As an experienced player myself, I know the difference that a good setup makes to any instrument. All the instruments I build are scrupulously adjusted and tested until I am satisfied that they will deliver the performance you expect.


Accurate intonation. Volume. Tone. It takes experience to get these things consistently right. I pride myself on the ability of my instruments to achieve all three.

Your Next Instrument:

I am passionate about the instruments I make and I want you to be too. I’m committed to giving honest advice, to creating instruments that are as described, are fit-for-purpose and that will give you many years of enjoyment.

From the choice of timbers, through to a one-off custom model, I can guide you through the design process to make your ideas become reality.

To learn more, visit


Watch Seasick Steve play the diddley bow here!

Booking information

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