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!”