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Rare books for violin bow making

 
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Nipi2
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:26 pm    Post subject: Rare books for violin bow making Reply with quote

I found from forum discussions that "Violin Bow Making, by John A. Bolander" and "Making a Violin Bow, by Frank V. Hederson" are the best options, as i would not like to use energy tools (like described at Joseph Regh's book). But i cannot find them nowhere. Just at some library catalogues but not close to my country. Does anyone has idea how can i have a copy? It would be great for me if somebody could give me an opnion on how find these books. Thanks

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those books are like gold dust. Suggest you go through the Resources sticky, there is lots of info and links there.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep telling my wife, they're better than any retirement fund stock market investment. That and pernambuco.

cheers,
Cosmin
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your answers. I read the Resources sticky and it is great. Pernambuco is really hard to find and also very expensive. Now i make a bow from padauk wood. I found ironwood at the metro lines (they use it for railway construction). Snakewood also i am trying to find. Is copying a good method to make a bow?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Copying a maker? I think that's the best way. Copying a bow? Not so much. It's definitely helpful to have a good model to look at, but just attempting to copy a stick, frog, and button might make things more difficult.

Maybe you can decide on one thing you want to try first. Say, make a stick, and attach a pre-made frog and button. That's probably what most teachers have their students do, but I know makers who started by making a frog. That was what the students did in Bernard Ouchard's famous class in Mirecourt, in the 1970s.

Learning without hands-on coaching is difficult, from my experience. I tried it, at first. Some teachers begin by having their students make a baroque bow, which is simpler, especially with the frog. Making everything at once--stick, frog, and button, not to mention hairing it, can seem overwhelming.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I copy a good Bazin certified old bow. My father was a violin maker and very good hand in restoring, but he never tryied a bow. So, i decided to try. But 1. I dont have the Bolander or Henderson book and second i dont have any experianced bow maker somewhere close here. Is there any other good book suggestion? Thanks everybody
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