Bow Makers’ Zoom Conference

With many summer workshops and programs canceled and desperate for some sort of interaction with my colleagues, I felt compelled to organize a free online social event among bow makers. We had some wonderful bow makers hosting discussions and included bow makers from France, Germany, Israel, Holland, Scotland, Canada, and the USA. We would like to share our recorded conversations with the larger community of bow makers and musicians who could not attend to hopefully inspire and offer insight to what many of us consider when working with bows.

Button Ring Mandrel

The button ring mandrel is similar to a jewelers bezel mandrel but with a long finished diameter to match the specific internal diameter of the finished button ring. Though a bezel mandrel can definitely be used with sufficient results, these button ring mandrels will give a clean and parallel surface in the internal surface of the button rings.

Measuring Camber

I have a huge passion for sharing with those working on bows around the world, especially those of atypical countries, and have made a wonderful connection with Jack Estephan of Lebanon. Though his country is in a dire state at the moment, Jack continues to pursue his passions in music. It’s an honor to have an international bow maker featured here sharing his insight on camber.

Top Articles of 2019

We've been busy creating some new and exciting content and can't wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime here are the top 5 of the most read articles over the past year.

Screw and Eyelet

Have you ever had the eyelet strip or have the button become difficult to turn on your bow? I freaked the first time I experienced this as a student, fearing that something might be catastrophically broken. Almost in tears, it came as comforting news that the screw and eyelet is designed to have a service life and meant to be replaced over time.

Making a Cutter

The following is the process I take to make most of my cutters. Here I describe the making of a cutter to form the nipples on the end of the stick for the button seat on. Also, a little info about available lathes.