I use synthetic hair on my bows. My bows have the tension set when I build them. Generally they stay tight for a few years. Here are some pictures of two 5 year old bows that were badly in need of tightning. I simply ran them over a small electric iron and they were tight as new in less than 5 minutes... before and after... Bob
Just a followup. I found that although heat can tighten the hair, the hair would slack back about 50% the next day. I had to reheat about three times to insure a lasting tension. I think bow hair should be regularly heated to maintain tension before it gets way out of wack.Take care because too much heat will melt the hair. I make my bows with a product called Hervex hair made by the Herco company. I prefer synthetics for BP bows that have fixed bow hair... Bob
Dona Benkert -
Illinois Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247 http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/
Tish Westman - West Virginia Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.
1-304-575-0998 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westmaninstruments.com
Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099 email@example.com http://upontheharp.com
If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.