Cello Frog Series #2

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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2 Responses to “Cello Frog Series #2”

  1. John Dalley Says:

    Robert— It was a shot in the arm seeing your workbench and tools. Thanks for spending time with us. The bow you saw was a very early example, maybe no. 6 or 7; back in the early 60’s Bill Salchow gave me 4 blanks and said start. This was a crude attempt at something new( squarish shaft and tip that didn’t come out right) ,and I think my work is better now. but anyway I am still hoping to pry a few blanks from you, and when I get home I’ll try to send a few photos of my better looking bows. Would appreciate knowing where to get some of that beautiful metallic winding. Thanks again—–J. Dalley

  2. Robert Morrow Says:

    It was so nice to have everyone’s company. Please do send some photos of your more recent work. I’d love to see them. The winding can be purchased from Bow Works in Little River, CA. “http://www.bowworks.com”> Have a look at my recent post with a photo of my new shop in Port Townsend. I will follow up soon with another post on the release of “The Great Contemporary Bow Makers from the 21st Century” Vol. II very soon.
    All the best,

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