Bowmaker

It’s already the last week of November!  I can’t let the month go by without directing you to the last page of Strings magazine’s November issue.  It has been wonderful to see how much writing about bows and bow makers we’ve seen in Strings over the past couple of years.  Imagine my delight to see that the last page of this month’s issue features master bow maker, Lynn Hannings.  Mary and I (but mostly Mary in the last several years) have studied with her since 2007.  She is our mentor and, I am proud to say now, our colleague.  It is Lynn who not only taught us the French tradition of bow restoration, but who also schooled us in the grave ecological issues facing bow makers…and instrument makers in general.  She is one of the founders of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative (IPCI).  Mary and I have learned about rehairing and restoration from her, but we all need to learn about these conservation issues from her and our colleagues in the IPCI.  Check out the IPCI website to learn more.