Shopmade Luthier Tools #11: Get a grip on your bow!

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-05-2017 08:05 PM 2302 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A bow vise is used to hold a violin bow while replacing the horse hair that vibrates the strings. I started by looking up such a thing and finding photos of (mostly) the commercially available models. Then I printed out a few screen shots for the details. I didn’t absolutely duplicate the commercial model, but I got something that will work.

The wood is oak throughout. A few bibs and bobs of the hardware will be replaced with brass once I get to a hardware store. The frog clamp is mounted to the base with a single screw. I did this thinking that if I mounted it a little bit out of alignment that in might end up bending the bow stick. To cushion the grip on the bow and thus prevent scratching the finish, I lined the tip cradle and the frog clamp with pieces from my old leather jacket. Finally a used for that!

The finish is boiled linseed oil.

Check out the other luthier tools I’ve made here:[link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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