Bow Rehairing

Out of the Attic and Into the Hand: Part 2

During this week of instruction, students will learn how to safely remove old hair from a bow and put fresh hair back onto the stick. Please note that Part 1 is not a prerequisite course, but you will need bows that do not need repairs listed in the Foundational Bow Repair course, most notably bows that have cracked or damaged tip plates.

Skills learned/topics include:

  • Scanning stick with client
  • Basic cleaning/polishing of stick
  • Selection and proper storage of horsehair
  • Business tips on running a shop (setting up your bench/insurance)
  • Discussions about sustainable options for stick and hair ( synthetic hair/composite vs. wood bows) for schools, students, and professionals

A list of the tools and materials required for this course can be found in the Tools & Materials tab above.

Tools & Materials


Bow Rehairing

You will need several student-level bows that only need rehairing. A complete list of tools and supplies can be found here. If you have any questions about preparation for this workshop, please contact Lynn Hannings at lynnh@lahbows.com.

The tool-up date is one month prior to start.

Instructor Bios


Bow Rehairing

  • Lynn Armour Hannings

    While in High School, Lynn studied bow rehairing with John Roskoski of Wurlitzer, New York. 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. After private instruction both in NY and at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute, Lynn became Mr. Salchow’s teaching assistant at the Institute for ten years before taking over classes upon his retirement.

    She received her degree of Journeyman from the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 1984 and was elected to membership in 1985.  In 1989, Ms. Hannings was granted both a Fulbright Scholarship and an Annette Kade Fellowship for the Advanced Study of the French School of Bowmaking in Paris, France with Bernard Millant. Lynn became a member of the Entente Internationale des Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers d’Art in 2000. In 2011, she received the International Society of Bassists Special Recognition Award for lutherie. Ms. Hannings has studied musician’s injuries and received a degree from the University of New England to better serve her clientele. As a conservatory trained musician, performer, trained bowmaker and restorer, she has both the perspective and expertise to work with individual musicians from around the world to meet their unique playing requirements.

    At the UNH Violin Craftmanship Institute, the focus in bow classes is on training students in time honored methods in an atmosphere of support and encouragement. With hands-on class experience as well as individual attention in Rehair, Bow Repair I and Bow Repair II, students can, with practice and refinement of skills, provide for their musical communities either as self-employed businesspeople or by becoming valuable assets to professional shops.

    Ms. Hannings operates a thriving bow shop in her home in Freeport, Maine, splitting her shop time between making and restoration.  She is also a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

  • Amanda Kapousouz, Assistant

    Amanda Kapousouz began studying the bow with Lynn Hannings in 2012. After several years as a student at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute, she began assisting Lynn for the rehair and repair classes. Amanda currently maintains a studio in Athens, Georgia where she services the many string players in her community: from students attending the University of Georgia to the eclectic mix of professional fiddlers.

This course is currently unavailable.