A violin bow was recently brought into the shop for some rehabilitation. Both holes for the screw and button, including the nipple, needed to be bushed and remade. The process is explained in detail here.
Over time, the eyelet in the frog can become worn out and needs to be replaced. After several replacements the threads in the frog that the eyelet screws in to can become worn out as well. This Bausch violin bow has been well loved and well used over the years and needs a frog bushing.
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The winding on a bow is designed to protect the stick and give the bow adequate weight and balance. There are several consideration when replacing a winding and grip.
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.
The following outlines the procedure for a headspline which reinforces a broken head with a thin strip of pernambuco inserted in the opposite direction of the grain in the stick. This type of repair when executed well can last indefinitely and restore many, if not all, the playing characteristics of the bow
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.
When adding a winding to a bow, bow makers don't just put on whatever we think looks nice. There are several considerations that each material presents including, weight, balance, sound, and feel. Gold / Silver / Nickel Wire Metal wire can be obtained in different gauges but I mostly use 32 gauge which measures about …
I wanted to highlight some of the eclectic and unique tools that I use for bow making. Making bows combines skills and tools from woodworking, jewelry making, and machining. It is difficult to find tools that accommodate the small scale and level of detail we work to, so a number of tools we make or modify ourselves.
I have been working with a few customers by mail lately and I figured a number of other musicians do the same, especially those who don’t live near a shop. The following is basically the same simple instructions for packaging and shipping a bow that I give my customers.