Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Don’t Forget the Bow

Christine Hemp, writer, poet and teacher, wrote a letter titled,Don’t Forget the Bow,in response to the Sunday Science Times article, “In Classic vs. Modern Violins, Beauty Is in Ear of the Beholder” (Jan. 3) where she reminds us of the importance of the bow in affecting the tone and playability of any instrument:

To the Editor:

“In Classic vs. Modern Violins, Beauty Is in Ear of the Beholder” (Jan. 3) fails to mention another crucial component in choosing an antique or a contemporary instrument: the bow. As the wife of a contemporary bow maker, I hear a lot about players’ connection to their fiddles, but I also marvel at the almost totemic power string players ascribe to their bows. Once a musician finds the magic wand (old or new) that woos the best sound out of that fiddle, it’s a match made in heaven. The bow gives each instrument — Strad or Zygmuntowicz — its true voice.
Christine Hemp

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lucy Le Shop Cat

Paul Siefried at the bench...

Tubbs Cello Bow Restoration, By Ole Kanestrom

This bow, by the English maker Tubbs, was in need of extensive restoration. The frog had a marginal cheval which I replaced with wood that more closely matched the original ebony. The stick also had an ugly fill repair which was removed, cleaned and restored. The head, missing it's original tip plate, now sports a new/antiqued silver tip plate.

The bow, in it's newly restored condition, has it's dignity returned.

Guinot Nickel Slide Copy, By Ole Kanestrom

The French bowmaker, Guinot, who inspired by Etienne Pajeot, sometimes had an interesting way of making his ferrules and slides. They were combined into a one piece unit, complete with a stripy mother of pearl and ebony inlay. This frog was missing it's original so I made a copy from Nickel Silver.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tip Plate Repair, by Ole Kanestrom

The broken ivory tip and ebony liner.

...and repaired. The original ivory was removed in this instance, and replaced with a 1 piece mastodon ivory head plate. The original character intact and head unaltered.

Tortoise Shell Restoration, by Ole Kanestrom

Bow Bugs (anthrenus museorum), most likely gorged on this once beautiful tortoise shell frog, leaving the surface pitted and permanently marred. Ole restored it close to it's original glory using a proprietary procedure developed here at our shop. It now looks like new again.