Let the beauty we love be what we do

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14th, 2013 by Robert Morrow

 

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

— Rumi

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Back in Port Townsend!

Posted in Port Townsend, Uncategorized on November 10th, 2013 by Robert Morrow

Here is a photo of the new bow shop in Port Townsend.  It is located in the historic Mount Baker Block Building, which was built in 1890.  This room works very well as a bow shop, quiet, good light, and right down town.  It feels good to be back in Port Townsend!

Mount Baker Block bow shop

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Bending the stick #2

Posted in Bending the stick, Contemporary bow making, Pernambuco, Roughing out the stick, Stick selection, Uncategorized on November 19th, 2011 by Robert Morrow

This photo shows a stick which has been rough cambered.  The stick has been planed down considerably from it’s initial size after being selected.  I like to remove as much material as possible to relieve stress on the stick during bending.  As stated in an earlier post the stick is heated section by section gradually working from one end to the other as the curve or camber is induced.  I use a heat gun with a temperature range from 0-1100 degrees.  Normally the sticks are rough bent at about 650 degrees.  The curve is formed by hand bending the stick over the edge of my bench.  The stick needs to remain straight at the same time that the camber is established.  An interesting side note to this process is that often the stick will twist from one end to the other as it is bent.  This presents no problem though as enough material is left on the stick to facilitate more planing and everything can be brought back into axis.

It is very hard to keep your cool as a bow maker when this happens!  Time has been taken to carefully select a stick.  Tools have been sharpened for the work.  Perhaps an hour or two have been spent planing the rough stick down.  Now the maker is bending the stick.  In this case I was about 2/3 finished, probably another hour of hard work.  Suddenly the stick gives way like butter under the same amount of pressure used on the rest of the stick.  This was a beautiful, strong, and resilient stick and now it’s highest use might be as repair material!  It cannot be overstated how difficult it is to obtain pernambuco of this quality.  It simply isn’t available anymore short of a bow maker’s estate sale.  Player’s can acquire bows with wood of this quality but maker’s have great difficulty in replenishing their supply.

In the next post I will fit the ivory tip plate and ebony liner.

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Cello Frog Series #2

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8th, 2011 by Robert Morrow
After the shelf has been established the tongue where the passant seats is carved.
The passant is fit and the bottom sides are hand planed to match the width and orientation of the passant.  The front of the frog is filed square and the final length of the passant is established.  The frog is then cut to final length and the heel is rounded, first by making a series of facets.  Next the top of the frog is planed back into symmetry.
The throat has been carved which allows the maker to establish the placement of the pearl eyes.  A .9 mm pilot hole has been drilled to use as a guide for the cutter that will make the recess for the eye.
The flanks or creasage of the frog are hollowed  with a Japanese gouge to a beautiful curve.  In the next post  we will move on to the pearl eyes  and beyond.
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