With the help of Roy's nephew, Billy Troy Thackerson, and a few good friends, Sam Herring, and James Rushing, a woodworker who crafted Roy's design.
Using a belt, Roy fastens the "Gut Strap" around his waist. The cushioned arm holds the fiddle in place as he plays or frets over the top. A large rubber band is fastened over the neck of the fiddle to keep it from 'floating" when pressure is applied as he frets the fiddle.
As a young teenager, Roy once told his friends and family, "One day I'm going to play on the Grand Old Opry." You can only imagine the kind of response he received with that statement.
Roy is one of the very few that realized his dream come true.