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.
Getting Into Bow Making
My story of becoming a bow maker.
Pearl Eye Replacement
This beautiful E. Sartory violin bow was in the shop for a pearl eye replacement. When working with a bow of some age, special attention is needed to ensure an original appearance. I go over the process I use for replacing a pearl eye in this article.
The Future of Restored Bows
Historical Bows As big name makers such as Sartory, Peccatte, Tourte, etc. are continually raising in value and are pushed out of the the price range of most working musicians. However, a repaired or incomplete example may be obtained for a fraction of the price. I anticipate that within the next decade we will see …
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.
Bowmaking Tools: Hand Planes
I've recently had a lot of people show interest in bow making tools. So this article is the start of a short series of an in-depth look at the main tools that bow makers use.
Bushing the Stick of a Violin Bow
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.
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.
Silver Winding and Leather Grip
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.