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Hello,

I am trying to find much more information about bowmaking. As i don't use power tools and my method is closer to the French, i would like to know if there is any book available. Regh's bow making book, as also Henderson's (i don't have my own copies but as i know) are based to different making methods, not by hand tools. I read about the Bolander's book, that is based on the French method but i cannot find it anywhere. Is there any else good book for bow making?

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The Henderson book and the Kun/Regh book are pretty machinist driven books. Not much in those for the hand-tool equipped workshop.

 

The Kun and Regh book is an absolutely marvelous book.

 

I've not seen the Henderson book yet, but if you're a machinist, or driven to the mechanical jig type of building then the Kun Regh book is the book for you. Even though I, like you, are involved in hand crafting my bows using hand tools - I will say that the Kun Regh book is absolutely complete, with regard to what you'd probably want to do to do, or need to know, with regard to manufacturing bows. Down to the last detail. In complete and entire photographic detail.

The Bolander book, on the other hand, is interesting but somewhat incomplete with regard to instructions in regard to making bows by hand. I'd say that you might want to read it; but the idea of using this particular book as complete instructiions for making bows from scratch - well, it is somewhat lax - somewhat incomplete.

 

I only have a xeroxed copy of the Bolander bow making book, but I did find it missing some basic instructions with regard to making...

 

Presently I have the good fortune of having Josh Henry tutoring me in the intricacies involved in making bows by hand (as most of you here probably already know this.) and the process is both very interesting and very intricate - and somewhat dependant on what the quality and character of the individual pieces of wood that you're dealing with.

Much like making violins, I find.

 

Kyklops, where are you located?

Do you mind if I ask?

Are you still around and posting?

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On 3/19/2015 at 5:11 PM, Craig Tucker said:

The Kun and Regh book is an absolutely marvelous book.

 

I've not seen the Henderson book yet, but if you're a machinist, or driven to the mechanical jig type of building then the Kun Regh book is the book for you. Even though I, like you, are involved in hand crafting my bows using hand tools - I will say that the Kun Regh book is absolutely complete, with regard to what you'd probably want to do to do, or need to know, with regard to manufacturing bows. Down to the last detail. In complete and entire photographic detail.

The Bolander book, on the other hand, is interesting but somewhat incomplete with regard to instructions in regard to making bows by hand. I'd say that you might want to read it; but the idea of using this particular book as complete instructiions for making bows from scratch - well, it is somewhat lax - somewhat incomplete.

 

I only have a xeroxed copy of the Bolander bow making book, but I did find it missing some basic instructions with regard to making...

 

Presently I have the good fortune of having Josh Henry tutoring me in the intricacies involved in making bows by hand (as most of you here probably already know this.) and the process is both very interesting and very intricate - and somewhat dependant on what the quality and character of the individual pieces of wood that you're dealing with.

Much like making violins, I find.

 

Kyklops, where are you located?

Do you mind if I ask?

Are you still around and posting?

Thanks everybody for replies. Thank you also Mr. Craig. I try to have "formal" informations and bibliography. I already know the forum of violins.ca and the catologue of articles and books. So, as i understand the only without mechanichal tools book is the one by A. Bolander. But is hard to find and there is not available on libraries as i asked cause it is available only for interlibrary reading. Also the libraries are far away for my country.

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Since there are few books for bow making it would be great a Bolander's book new publication. I was also try to found the copyright owner, cause i spoke with Congress library (doublication service) and they told me that they can send a copy if i have a written permission of one of Bolanders family or copuright owner. But it was impossible to find anyone as much i tried. Thanks

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