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I attempted to document the various steps involved in the making of this cello bow- first, I rough out the pernambuco blank using planes until it is about one and a half millimeters over its final dimensions...
The back curve of the head is carved, and it is ready to be cambered...
The stick is carefully heated and bent using the heat from this burner.
The angles and dimensions of the face are established, and the mammoth-ivory headplate and ebony liner are glued on...
The ferrule and button rings are soldered from silver stock. The screw blank is also pictured.
The ferrule is fitted to the ebony block, and rough shaping of the frog commences...
The shape of the frog is nearly finished. and it is ready for the pearl slide and eyes...
The pearl eyes are inlaid...
The pearl slide and silver heelplate are installed...
The underslide is stamped out of very thin silver, then fitted, glued and pinned in place. All the work on the frog is done with small chisels, files and knives. A very sharp plane is used to trim the excess silver and finalize the dimensions...
The mortice and hair channel are carved...
The adjuster is made on a small watchmaker's lathe. The rings are fitted (the outer one is martelé- hammered into an octagonal shape on a mandrel.) The collar is cut, and then everything is filed to an octagonal shape. The pearl eye is fitted in the end.
The frog is now fitted to the stick (which has not yet been cut to length.)
The mortice is cut, and the screw hole is drilled by hand on the foret. This requires a lot of care...
After graduating the stick, and endlessly adjusting and testing the camber with hair installed (sorry- I forgot to take pictures, as this took all my concentration!) the head is finally carved- an enjoyable task! This beautiful knife was made by my friend and colleague, John Aniano.
The head is finished, the chamfers are cut, and everything is fussed over and polished. The wrapping is put on, the bow is stamped and rehaired (the hair used during the making has been destroyed by now.)
The first happy face I found this particular day when everyrhing was finished was the head on this cello by Carlo Carletti, Pieve di Cento, 1912. He seems happy...
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