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Bow Making and Bow Restoration

This advanced online course covers bow-making and bow restoration techniques. Whether your plans include making a bow or developing valuable skills to maintain your customers' bows, this class will be an important addition to your education. Instructor George Rubino offers instruction on intermediate and advanced repairs, as well as independent study opportunities. 

Topics include: finishing bows; frog making; button making; metal cutting lathe for use in button making and making dowels for bushings and other repairs requiring a round piece; bushing frog eyelets using a drill press, a hand bow drill, or a lathe; and broken stick repairs and broken head splines.

Students are advised (upon registration receipt) to contact Mr. Rubino in order to discuss their goals for the class.

Instructor Bios


Bow Making and Bow Restoration

  • 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.

    Many of the finest string players play Rubino bows, and bows made by his students, worldwide. Mr. Rubino’s interest in the French tradition of bow making, quest for knowledge and musicianship, facilitates his ability to make bows known for their fine aesthetic quality and capability to produce everything the music demands. He shares his knowledge and experience with students through teaching. Since 1988, Mr. Rubino has been a bow making and bow repair instructor for the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute. Mr. Rubino has also taught numerous bow workshops in the US, Europe and Australia. Several of his students are employed working professionals and/or successful shop owners.

    Mr. Rubino studied double bass at the New England Conservatory and taught double bass at Dartmouth College. In addition to maintaining his own shop in Pownal, Maine and working at the Institute, he has been a member of the Portland Maine Symphony double bass section for over 50 seasons.

This course is currently unavailable.