We recently gave a presentation regarding the details of a professional rehair for the Michigan Violinmakers Association.
A cheval is done on a frog when a section has suffered major damage or is worn beyond the ability for the frog to function properly. Traditionally, a cheval is performed by planing away original material leaving a flat surface to glue new ebony to.
Shopping for a Bow, Part 2
Begin With a Small Selection A shop will set out several bows for you and share some information, perhaps about who made them, their nationality, age, etc. At first, this information may not seem useful but it is worth getting a general knowledge on the bows you are trying. During your first appointment, focus only …
Making a Button
I recently had a number of people interested in my button making process. This article outlines the basic process I use.
Shopping for a Bow, Part 1
Shopping for a bow deserves as much attention as shopping for an instrument. This article will break down the details of each step and clarify some of the more peculiar aspects of violin family bows.
A Case for the Baroque Bow: A Specialist’s Perspective
One of the merits of living in the 21st century is that there is now a plurality of perspectives that musicians can draw upon when playing works of the 17th and 18th centuries. One only has more to gain in exploring this repertoire with a baroque bow. This is not a matter of right or wrong, but why not?
A look of some of the equipment to go electric.
Getting Into Bow Making
My story of becoming a bow maker.
Bow Exercises for the Expressive Violinist
I was approached by David France with an etude book that he had developed and offered me the exciting opportunity to share the first official review of the book!
With extended stay-at-home orders, musicians are struggling to practice for fear of disturbing roommates or family members now working from home. I've used several different practice mutes over the years and will be suggesting a few that I think work best depending on your instrument and the sound you are looking for. How Does A …