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.
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.
This is a gallery of some of the latest bows hot off the bench of bow maker Anthony DiMambro.
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 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.
Players have been turning to carbon fiber bows as backup bows for some time now but more players are turning to carbon fiber for their primary bow. Traditionally the accepted material for bows has been pernambuco but with the advent of new manufacturing technologies coupled with the decrease of production costs has perpetuated carbon fiber to be used in thousands of products, including bows for stringed instruments. Carbon fiber is currently the best synthetic material we have for the construction of acoustic components.
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.