THE MAKERS' FORUM
PLATFORM DEDICATED TO THE
MAKING OF CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTS AND BOWS
Martin Héroux’s childhood memories are filled with the smells, textures, colours and warmth of wood, both in and around his native Sainte‑Émélie‑de‑l’Énergie, and in his father’s wood shop. “Today, I realize just how lucky I was to have grown up in that environment.”
Along with those memories, there was, of course, music: traditional folk songs, music to dance to, classical music, and from time to time, some wild melodies! Songs and sounds that, when released, floated through the air to touch the souls of those listening.
Those were the influences in his life that led him to the art of lutherie. “When I think about it, I didn’t choose the craft of making string instruments, it chose me. I simply said yes. I’m very intuitive; I know when I’m in the right place. When I’m working, I let the instruments guide me, I move back and forth between violins, violas and cellos and, to tell you the truth, I love it! It’s a wonderful profession!”
Martin Héroux’s instruments are made in the Cremonese tradition from high-quality, select wood that draws the luthier into a world where time and space don’t exist; where creativity and matter unite.
Like most of his colleagues, Martin is on a quest to make the perfect violin. The challenges, research and experimentation behind the continuous changes in his craft over several centuries inspire him to push his limits and make each new instrument better than the last. With something old, he makes something new, and adds his own special spark that makes each one of his instruments an “Héroux.”