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Good Vibrations: The Art Behind The Sound

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(To view our July/August 2017 issue of ClubWEST online, click here.)

Bill Marykuca’s bows will be treasured for years to come

By Joanne McDonald

Aphilosopher, fiddler, and bow maker with a Rube Goldberg bent, Bill Marykuca thinks outside the box and his innovative techniques for making bows give musicians the poetic power to make their instruments sing.

The accomplished Beamsville luthier will modestly tell you that what makes the violin sound good is a good player. But his musical colleagues tell a different story about what happens when a Guillaume bow meets the strings.

“When you put Bill’s bow to the fiddle and you hear the vibration….there is something unreal, something so special,” says Waterdown Jam Session organizer and fiddler Howard Alderson.

“There are very few people that have the ability to make fiddle bows.”

Technically, a bow is a tensioned stick which is strung with hair and used to pull across the strings of a musical instrument causing vibration which the instrument emits as sound.

Artistically, it is the very life breath of the instrument and every stroke can draw deep emotion from the soul of an audience. The key to great violin playing is in the bow.

Everyone is given gifts says Bill and it has been his joy to recognize his God-given gift and make it useful to other people.

It was also the gift of a new life for Bill when a brush with a rare and serious illness not only changed his life and marked the start of his bow making career, but became the signature name for his musical creations.

He was stricken with Guillame Barré Syndrome. It rendered him paralyzed and in hospital for one month followed by four months of therapy while he
recovered and learned to walk again.

It was 1990 and Bill at the time was an executive with Red-D-Arc, the company he had founded and built to international reputation through the decades.

Bill credits the creative and innovative team of people who helped him build his business from a single car garage in Hamilton in 1957 to its present location in Grimsby, now as the largest provider of welding and welding-related rental products and services in North America. And therein lies the Rube Goldberg reference. Bill, always an innovator, developed industrial patents in 14 countries.

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Summertime: and the cookin’ is easy …

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By Jan-Willem Stulp

I don’t know about you but, between you and I, summertime isn’t nearly as relaxing as it could be; partly my own fault, I understand, as I tend to have lots of things on the go, and rarely take enough time to ‘relax’.

I tend to relax when I’m doing things I enjoy. This includes work-ish things, oddly enough. Like cooking.

In my career I have done some pretty intense things which are also enjoyable in their own way; much like winning a game in sports.

The intensity can be a source of leisure enjoyment, even though some ‘leisure’ activities, might not seem leisurely at all!

One of the things that impedes us from enjoying cooking is not having the time or ingredients to create something that is delicious, healthy, satisfying (and impressive….). So I’ve embarked on a little plan to assemble and share some of the things that I have done at our house, after work, which take very little
time and most of them allow for outside cooking, which is that much more enjoyable in my opinion.

Store these little gems away for those times when you just want to grab one or two things from the grocery store, get home and relax, while you cook. I usually leave my ingredients at 5-6 at the most, but I assume that everyone has salt, pepper and oil.

I don’t count those.

(Chef Stulp co-owns, along with his wife Jane, Grand Oak Culinary Market in Vineland.)

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From the Publisher July/August 2017

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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin

In my line of work – on a daily basis – calls, email, and drop-ins at the office are received, many of which start with, “have I got a story for you”.

Such was the case when shooting photos weeks ago for Lincoln Garden Club’s plant sale in Vineland.

Louise Marykuca tugged on my arm as I walked by and said, ‘If you’re looking for a story, you might want to talk to my husband. He makes his own bows and is quite accomplished.”

My first thought was “bow ties?”. Little did I know….Thinking it through and listening to her story, it sounded like a neat little feature, so I put it in motion.

Then when I read the story which Joanne McDonald came back with, the feature took on a life of its own.

That is a great read!

Bill Marykuca really is a gifted man. Few people can build a major going concerned from their garage, but he did it with Red-D-Arc. Few people have a natural talent for craftsmanship, too, but Bill explored the world of violin and bow making in 2000. Sure enough, that hobby took off and he quickly became renowned for his creations.

At the other end of the spectrum, we have Samara Vandersloot. She is just getting started. At 18, she has been to Nunavut, she is working on modelling and, in the meantime, she is taking part in Junior Team Canada’s trade mission to China this summer.

I don’t know about you, good reader, but I was more worried about my weekends when I was 18 than career establishment.

Maybe when Samara is ready to travel for leisure she may call ClubWest’s new travel writer, Lorraine Simpson.

As a former resident and merchant on Main Street in Jordan for many years, Lorraine is keenly aware of the interests of Niagara West residents as well as the tourist set. Her experience in world travel is second to none and Clubwest readers will see – first-hand – some unique and off-the-beaten path locations to which they may choose to visit in the near future. Her stories will inspire the lengthening of bucket lists across Niagara West you can be assured!

And with this edition, ClubWest wraps up its third full year of publishing.

A ton has materialized and changed in three years including the popularity of this publication. It is great to see voracious readers lined up in the office to get it on the day it comes out – in case they aren’t among the 15,000 who get it at home. We love doing it and we’re glad our readers love it right back.

Publisher, ClubWest Magazine
Mike Williscraft