Bows at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute

Bow Instructors

Lynn Hannings

Attending New England Conservatory as a bassist, she began her bow restoration and bow making studies with William Salchow; focusing on cello bows. In 1982, Ms. Hannings was awarded a Certificate for Eminent Playability for a Cello bow by the Violin Society of America.

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George Rubino

George Rubino studied with William Salchow as a student and teaching assistant at the UNH Violin Institute for many years. He has been in the forefront of American bow making for over 45 years. At the 1982 Violin Society of America Salt Lake City convention, Mr. Rubino was awarded a Certificate for Eminent Playability for a viola bow.

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The UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute has been offering bow-specific workshops since its very beginning. Students of all experience levels are welcomed every summer to enjoy courses in bow repair, rehairing and making, and to gain a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of bow work.

Bow Rehairing

July 6-10, 2020 | ONLINE

The most frequent repair needed by string players is the rehairing of the bow. Learning this essential skill will benefit the student who is interested in building a shop of their own or who wish to develop skills that will make them valuable to an existing professional shop. Shop owners can send employees for refinement of skills or send beginners to develop these skills that are so important to the success of all violin shops.

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Bow Repair I: Basic Repair

July 13-17, 2020 | ONLINE

Often bows that come in for rehairing also need repair; normal wear and tear from regular use. Since all these repairs can dramatically affect the weight and balance of the bow, it is critically important that bow shop employees understand the aspects of playability and the importance of meeting the physical and musical needs of the musicians entrusting them with their bows. Hands-on instruction will include cambering and straightening of the stick, eyelet replacement, tip replacement, pin repairs and winding/leather grip replacements. 

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Bow Repair II/Independent Study

July 6-10, 2020 | July 13-17, 2020 | ONLINE

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. Instructor George Rubino offers two weeks of intermediate and advanced repairs, as well an independent study opportunities. Areas of study include bow repair and restoration, bow finnishing, and frog and button making.

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Bow Making with a Focus on Historical Preservation

July 20-24, 2020 | July 27-31, 2020 | ONLINE

This hands-on workshop focuses on the French school of bow making; renowned for their playability as well as artistic beauty. Whether restoring a bow or making a new one, it is helpful to know the time-honored techniques used for centuries in France. Under the direction of the instructor, who knows and respects the French bow making traditions, you will learn techniques that are both practical and fundamental.

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