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Bow-Making: Making a traditional self-bow
July 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
In this workshop Lagan Todd will teach about the concepts, skills and tools that are essential to making a traditional self bow. A “self bow” is a traditional bow made from a stave of solid wood, as differentiated from bows made by more modern methods of laminating wood and other materials such as fiberglass.
There will not be time in this workshop to make a bow from start to finish. Those participants who wish to procure and bring a bow stave with them will benefit from discussion of the qualities of their particular stave, but it is not required to bring materials.
The workshop will cover fundamental concepts such as selection and curing of wood staves, and the physics and dynamics of a bow that are critical to understanding why bows break and how to make a bow that is resistant to breakage. A collection of useful bow-making tools will be discussed and available to pass around and for some demonstration. The overall process from start to finish will be described in detail, and some demonstration of skills will be made on a nearly complete self bow that is being made by the instructor.
A follow up hands-on workshop may be offered at a later date that would guide participants through at least the early stages of the bow making process. Anyone who participates in this introductory workshop will be well informed to then go procure a bow stave to bring to the follow up workshop.