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As most of you, or, at least as many of you know, I have switched from making violins to making bows... It happened a while back, shortly after my having some fairly severe medical problems. Oh well, and so goes life. I have moved from working the pernambuco stick portion of the task, onto making the ebony frog and various frog parts - including making the silver and "shell" parts. The slide, the ferrule - etc. I am finding the work both challenging, involved, and rewarding. The degree of finesse required, is at the least equally as demanding as demanding parts of 'minute attention' required for violin making was, and I can see right away, that the finished product will be equally as showing of skill and/or a lack thereof. Many parts of "factory" bows, being very much machined and factory made, have a very finished appearance. At every level. Which is something that I have always taken for granted and appreciated. Now that I'm trying to accomplish something of my own manufacture, that (I hope, at least) will take this venture into a bit of a higher realm... well, I am only now finding out the reality of doing the task is extremely daunting - to say the least... Once again, my thanks go out to Josh H for taking me on as a student. Slow as I am these days, I am learning. Man, what a challenge!