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  1. Not looking to drop 3-4 grand on any thing today, but I like those books a lot better than some dvds and couple of planes. I really like the IPCI is one.
  2. I know that used to run a bow making clinic in Canada a few years ago, and a recently ran across another website of his that offers a fairly comprehensive course on making a bow. http://bowmakingschool.org Thumbed through the forums and didn't find anything about it . I know with something as nuanced as bow making, or any instrument making, nothing quite compares to in-person instruction, but is anyone familiar with the what the course offers (aside from the descriptions provided)? Or how effective it is at teaching the process? It reminds me a little of Peter Prier's Violin Making set...though considerably more expensive.
  3. Someone a little more versed may correct me. Pernambuco used for Professional bow is made almost exclusively from Caesalpinia Echinata. C. echinata is the protected species you're referencing. My understanding is that High-End/Professional bows made today are made primarily from stock that was cut years ago and comes from either other bow-makers' collections or reclaimed sources in Brazil. The former is highly sought after. Lower tier bows typically say they are made from "Brazilwood". Brazilwood, and Pernambuco for that matter, are common names for a variety of different trees, and to further the confusion are often used interchangeably. Many of which are actually different species of the same Genus (Caesalpinia), which includes C. Sappan (Sappan, an Asian species of the tree), C. Spinosa, C. Ferrea (Ironwood, sometimes seen in baroque bows, or as an experimental wood), C. Pluviosa ("False Brazilwood"). Ipe is somewhat common alternative wood from what I've seen. Especially for "Disposable bows" as Mike described. It seems like overall there is somewhat of a divide where on one side lower quality/high production bows are less restrained by materials and therefore operate under a price-centric model. The other side with the higher quality bows made by specialist being more generally limited by the supply of materials. Both of which I can't imagine crossing over into the other successfully.
  4. Hi, First post. I've been lurking for while and off and on for years. Figured I'd take the plunge. (hopefully I don't loose an inordinate amount of time posting. ) I've read plenty in regards to Violin making and influences from China and other markets making it much more competitive than was a couple of decades ago. Has bowing making experienced a similar shift as well? I know that China and other places make bows (Purchased one for a penny +shipping off eBay a couple years back.), but has it been as disruptive? Thanks for the discussion Josh
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