Please note: This course is offered more than once. Please be sure to select the appropriate week section in the right-hand column when enrolling.
Whether your plans include making a bow in its entirety and/or developing valuable skills to maintain your customers bows, this class, will be an important addition to your education. Participants choose their own project(s) after consulting with Mr. Rubino. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Repairs to the stick; replacement of pearl parts; head splines; repairs to the frog and button and making specialty tools. You will learn techniques for use of a metal cutting lathe, drill press and other small power tools. This part of the course is for students of all levels of experience.
It is recommended that the student has attended the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute bow making classes or has equivalent experience. Please contact Mr. Rubino if you have questions about your experience level and qualifications for this part of the workshop.
For students interested in bow making:
Many important decisions when making a bow occur during the finishing process. Final weight, balance, strength and varnishing are critical to the playability and marketability of the finished bow. The students will be required to bring sticks, frogs and buttons that are prepared and ready for final finishing. Mr. Rubino will work with each student individually to guide and advise them on the various options each bow presents. To evaluate the playability of their bows, students are encouraged to bring an instrument on which to play their bow.
For students interested in restoration/repair:
Students should bring projects to class. Mr. Rubino will provide guidance and advise on tools, materials, and various options that each repair presents.
Projects should be discussed in advance with Mr. Rubino for the best use of class time.
Frog & Button Making:
A frog and button that compliments the stick will ensure that the finished bow plays as well as possible for the musician. Mr. Rubino will present traditional frog making techniques that can be used to make or restore a frog or button. This part of the course is for students of all levels of experience.
Class will meet in person from 9am to 5pm, with additional open workshop hours in the evening.
Materials and Tools
For a complete list of tools and suppliers go to: https://training.unh.edu/violin under the “Tools & Materials" tab. If you have any questions about advance preparation for this workshop, contact George Rubino at firstname.lastname@example.org.