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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 .
Materials Matters Series 2016-
workshop Equipment Sale of Luthier Stephen Gottlieb
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th December 10am-
- Tone wood and cabinet-
- A limited number of machine tools
tools: chisels, planes, saws, clamps, power tools, craft knives
- Books: wood-
working and musical instrument- making
- Misc: screws, nails, blades and all sorts
See www.lutemaker.com and follow the link to Workshop Sale
Scottish Makers / Repairers Drinks : 26 January 2018
Well over 20 years ago Michael Hill and Judith Blackwell set up the ‘London Makers/Repairers Christmas Drinks’, whilst working at Guivier. A fabulous first night included consumption of vast amounts of alcohol, fists being thrown! and putting many a face to a name. And year on year more came to meet, chat and drink! Judith is so very proud that this event is still going strong, although sounds a bit civilised now with raffle and buffet!!
As she misses the camaraderie, the chat and the common bond, Judith is launching the first ever ‘Scottish Makers/Repairers Drinks’ to celebrate this great craft that we all share. It’s not about being Scottish……Judith is not! All are welcome, from Shetland to London. Good train links (Glasgow and Newcastle in easy reach) and readily available accommodation at this time of year makes Edinburgh a great location.
Join Judith on FRIDAY 26th JANUARY 2018, the ‘Ensign Ewart’ Pub, The Back Room, 521-
Contact 0770 846148 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.blackwellviolins.co.uk for more info…………or just turn up!
Endangered Species Update March 2018
'VIDEO : The Repair Shop' BBC violin repair with John Dilworth
John Dilworth repairing a broken violin that was played in a Nazi concentration camp. This has been extracted from the BBC program 'The Repair Shop' (March 2018).