Mae" violin is modeled after Fritz Kreisler's 1733 Guarneri del Gesu', and
was completed by Thurmond Knight in December, 2007. The Sitka spruce
used for the top is from northwestern Canada. The two piece highly
flamed maple back, neck and ribs, are from Bosnia. Gentle antiquing with
oil varnish has given the violin a golden luster.
Thurmond has dedicated this violin to the memory of his Great Aunt Ella
Mae Mentoria Alley, known to all as Aunt Mae, who lived all her life in
Forsythe County, North Carolina. Aunt Mae was a very loving maiden
aunt, well known for her cleanliness--it was said that her floors were so
clean you could eat off them. The violin has a pure sweet tone with
warmth and depth, and a certain tidiness that would make Aunt Mae
proud. Rachel Dauenbaugh of Bloomington, Illinois, purchased Aunt Mae
violin in May, 2009.