I recently had a number of people interested in my button making process. This article outlines the basic process I use.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.