Participants in Bow Making may choose from the following topics as appropriate:
The most common work to a bow is rehairing. A bow can be rehaired several hundred times in its lifetime, but this must be done correctly to insure no damage is done to the bow. Mr. Rubino will present the steps in rehairing; the student will then practice and apply these skills. This hands-on course is appropriate for all levels of experience.
Routine repairs for the average shop include: eyelet replacement, tip plate replacement, windings, leather grips, pearl slides, cambering, and straightening. This hands-on class will help participants acquire or polish the skills necessary to work in a shop or your own business.
Bow Frog Making and Button Making
Mr. Rubino will present the process of making a hand-crafted frog and button. For participants learning frog and button making for repair and restoration, the same traditional techniques, including ferrule making and ring making, apply. A hand made frog and button are very important factors in the playability of a bow. A frog and button that compliments the stick will ensure that the finished bow plays as well as possible for the musician.
This topic is only for participants with prior stick making experience; please contact Mr. Rubino as to whether your experience level qualifies you for this part of the program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.688.4885. Many important decisions are part of the bow making process; weight, balance, strength and varnishing are all critical to the playability and marketability of the finished bow. Mr. Rubino will work with each student individually to guide and advise them on the various options each bow presents.