Port Clyde fiddle-maker and musician Kip Yattaw will bring the sounds of bluegrass to the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s Maine Living program Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m. at the society’s Cramer Museum.

Yattaw’s presentation — the Art of the Fiddle — will feature “a beginning-to-end demonstration of violin making and playing.”

What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin?

“There is no difference,” Yattaw said. “Only the music you play on it.”

In fact, it’s said that 80 to 90 percent of violinists refer to their instruments as fiddles. Even premier violinist Itzhak Perlman calls his Stradivarius a fiddle.

With instruments, tools and various woods, Yattaw’s program will feature both traditional bluegrass music — he’s a member of the well-known Katahdin Valley Boys bluegrass group — and information on handcrafting fiddles. In addition, violinist Beth Chase will play. She performs with the Bay Chamber youth orchestra and has played a Yattaw-crafted instrument for about three years.

Off his instruments, Yattaw said, “Each is individual, they all have their unique sound. No matter how hard you try to duplicate them, they all sound different, they are like people.”

He creates eight to 10 instruments a year, devoting roughly 200 hours to each. Yattaw shops for wood all over the world: North America, Europe and Asia. He uses one of three kinds, spruce, maple or ebony, quarter-sawn, naturally air dried, and aged for many years. He also makes his own varnishes. Then he sells them through word of mouth or the Internet. Yattaw has been playing fiddles for more than 16 years. He started creating them after first learning how to repair instruments he found in secondhand stores.

He started playing in 1994 after hearing Mac Wiseman, described as “one of the cult figures of bluegrass.” Since then Yattaw has played with Wiseman several times. In 1998, Yattaw and four other musicians pooled their talents to form the Katahdin Valley Boys bluegrass group. Today the group is known for its hard-driving, traditional bluegrass sound. The five members each play instruments — Yattaw one of his fiddles, of course — and sing. They have performed throughout Maine and northern New England.

The museum is located at the historical society’s Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum complex, just off Route 1 at the Camden-Rockport town line. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5, $3 for society members. For more information, contact Marlene Hall, executive director of CRHS, at 594-8047 or e-mail crmuseum@midcoast.com.