Andy Lim of Darling Publications will be releasing the first volume of his new book, “The Great Contemporary Bowmakers of the 21st Century” at Mondomusica 2011, Cremona Music Fair from 30 September until 2 October. In the photo we see Mr. Hendricks from Kleve, Germany who is the artisan chosen to bind the massive book. Each volume will be about the size of a viola case.
If you look closely the top page shows photos of four bows from the French bow maker or archetier Arthur Dubroca. The bow photos in this book are unprecedented in that the bows are full size, to scale, and the entire bow is in perspective. What do I mean by in perspective? The entire bow is represented so that no matter what part of the bow you are looking at it will be seen as if you are looking squarely at it. To achieve this perspective Andy had a special digital camera created just for photographing bows. The bow is placed on a track that slowly passes under a digital camera. The camera photographs the bow many times over nearly an hour while the bow passes underneath. The photographs are then stitched together producing an image that is seen from directly in front throughout the whole image. Andy’s work will help preserve for posterity not only the makers craftsmanship but also the dimensions of the bow as seen from the side and the shape of the camber. It is very rare to find an old bow that still has it’s original camber and makers would dearly love to have this information. If a book such as this one of the work of great makers of the past existed it would certainly be found in every contemporary maker’s shop. Andy’s intention is to chronicle the work of each bow maker. As such he has asked us to send him bows spanning our careers, from early work through the present. Andy intends to publish a second volume in which he has been kind enough to include my work.
The list of makers for volume I include:
Josef P. Gabriel
Yannick Le Canu
Tino Joh. Lucke
In producing these books Andy Lim has done a great service for bow making and more broadly the world of classical music. There will be a very limited number of copies of this book produced. These and Andy’s other fine publications will be available through Darling Publications www.darlingpublications.com