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Federation The American Violin
The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers has published this comprehensive survey tracing the development and art of violin and bow making in America. Details>>
CITES Registration of Pernambuco
The following paragraphs originate from Adrian Thrift, from the Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service, Bristol, and clarify the current position with reference to the use of pernambuco by bow makers in the UK.
At the last Conference of the Parties it was decided to add Caesalpinia echinata (pernambuco) to Appendix II. I am unaware of any general requirement to register stocks of timber. Please note that the listing only applies to logs, sawn wood, veneer sheets, including unfinished wood articles used for the fabrication of bows for stringed musical instruments.
The species listing comes into effect on 13 September and permits will be needed to move this timber from those countries which have implemented legislation. It is unlikely that the European Commission will have legislation in place at that time so importers/exporters should be very careful to ensure that they have adhered to the law and, if in doubt, they would be well advised to contact us. Only movements into and out of the Community will require CITES permits and only if they conform to the types above.
As this is now a CITES species it may well be that re-
A Violin Bow -
The Process of Creation
Master bow maker Bill Watson shows us the process of creation in this 10 minute video made for the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments at Oxford University .