"The idea just popped into my head around 2006," McCue said.
Some people play a metaphorical violin in the face of tragedy but Graydon McCue started making them after his wife died.
She passed away more than a decade ago at a care home after a battle with illness and in the wake of that misfortune, the Spruce Grove resident got the idea of making violins as a way to relax, move on and ultimately pass the time. Now retired, McCue, 75, sat down to chat about his work for the first installment of our new recurring article series on unusual or interesting hobbies that people in the Tri-Region do.
“The idea just popped into my head around 2006,” he said. “I went online, looked up how to make a violin and that is when the first one was made. You do a little bit of carving on the insides, make the back out of strong wood like oak or maple and it is pretty neat when finished.”
Through the years where he has pursued this venture off-and-on, he has completed five of the instruments. Some did not turn out well and his creations rest in his home on Windermere Drive in the city. McCue wants to someday make enough for a school to use in orchestral performances but concedes that would be a challenging job and that if someone used his work one day it would bring him great joy.
“That would be so neat,” McCue added. “I would probably ask for a lesson too. I have some guitars but am not very good on any of them. Somehow it might be a legacy for me. Hopefully, I will be around for a while and it would be nice to inspire more people to do this.”
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