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Fiddle Around

February 16, 2013

We have spent a lot of time at the Veteran’s hospital this week. It has caught up with me and I noticed that I was feeling a bit edgey yesterday. My husband will need surgery on his foot on Tuesday. He already has had a knee replacement in the same leg. He is very stoic and never complains despite the pain he is in most days. While in the area of the VA hospital we squeezed in time to drop off a violin that we had purchased on one of our trips north a few years ago. We think we picked it up in Washington. Mr. G. has a very good friend that has lived next door to a violin maker/repairer for years. When I was young I loved the violin and would daydream about lessons. It never came to be but I never lost my interest in music. I had a teacher that introduced our class to classical music in elementary school. I loved listening to the Moonlight Sonata, Nutcracker Suite, Grand Canyon Suite, and much more. I also developed an interest in Bluegrass music as well.

Mr. Rees with my violin. He, I must say is fit as a fiddle for a 92 year older man who continues to hike when he can.

His workshop

One of his projects


Mr. Rees said he had never seen an attachment like this before. He gave us a little tour of his home and we met his lovely wife. Each of their family members are musicians and besides his talent in the field of making violins, he is also a gifted artist. Meeting him gives me continued hope as a very late bloomer that I still have time to fiddle around..

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2013 1:45 PM

    Wonderful post, congratulations by showing the world of a man who followed his heart’s dreams.


  2. February 16, 2013 1:57 PM

    How cool. Great that he is still able to do what he loves. And I think it’s the bees knees that you have your own fiddle. 🙂


  3. Ellen permalink
    February 16, 2013 2:14 PM

    Fabulous! What a great looking shop! My elementary school violin teacher kicked me out of her class… 😦
    I guess she thought I was hopeless…
    My Dear played violin and was successful with it. We have a violin or two hanging around here. 🙂


    • February 16, 2013 6:33 PM

      Yes, his shop was interesting..The teacher didn’t know that you would become a gracious hostess with the most fabulous table settings… (:


  4. February 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    My wife plays violin and this looks like a nice one. And Mr. Rees is a rare breed.


  5. February 16, 2013 3:26 PM

    Fabulous post!


  6. February 16, 2013 8:13 PM

    Great post, Roberta. Are you going to take up the violin now? It’s never too late! My husband is preparing to take guitar lessons. He has a gorgeous old Gibson, a Midnight Special, that’s been hanging around for years.

    I’m sorry that your husband is in pain. xo Viv


    • February 17, 2013 5:47 PM

      Hi Vivian, very nice to hear from you..I think of you often. I have no knowledge about violins.. I will start from the very basics. Music is good for all…Thank you for your thoughts!


  7. February 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    Mr Rees certainly looks great for his age! As Viv has asked: are you going to learn the violin again? I had an idea a couple of weeks ago to learn to play the recorder properly and have bought a cheap one to start with. I also want to learn how to read music.

    Best wishes to your husband.


    • February 17, 2013 5:49 PM

      Meanderer, he appears take care of himself..I like recorders and think that would be fun to pursue..Have fun! Thank you for the well wishes for my husband.. (:


  8. February 18, 2013 3:37 PM

    Learning to fiddle should be a lot of fun! I’ve always wanted to do that too.


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