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.
Duncan Harris is a luthier and bow maker based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We welcome him with his first guest article about keeping your strings clean for a better sound.
Starting a Bow with Rosin
I recently put together a video where I start a freshly rehaired violin bow with rosin. This article links the video and outlines the process.
“All My Strings are Loose!”
The scene is a common one. You go to practice your violin, viola, or cello, all the pegs have slipped and the strings are laying on the fingerboard. You try to tune it up and the bridge is leaning and all crooked, or worse, it just popped off. Now what do we do?
Stringed Instrument Insurance
Even if we are extremely careful with our stringed instrument, accidents can still happen. The best way to protect the instrument against irreparable damage and high repair or replacement costs is to have an effective insurance policy in place. Purchasing the right insurance for your needs will ensure that these high costs won’t come directly out of your pocket.
Checking over a setup on a violin, viola, and cello
Jonathon Price is a violinmaker from Detroit, Michigan and has many of his instruments in the hands of world renowned musicians. We welcome him here, writing our first guest article about assessing the setup, condition of the fingerboard, and string heights on violin family instruments.
Latest Bows – August 2019
This is a gallery of some of the latest bows hot off the bench of bow maker Anthony DiMambro.
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.
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.