Psaltry Bows

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Project by Kelly posted 04-12-2015 06:45 PM 1073 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a simple post on one approach to making simple bows for musical instruments that don’t require a more aesthetic solutions.

The photos are of prototypes made from some poplar scrap. Of course, walnut, mahogany, pine or some other wood could be used, depending on preference and material availability.

A friend frequents my shop to work on projects. His projects include several psaltrys that require a horsehair bow to play.

Like others, he makes his bows by tying knots in both ends of the horsehair. To position the second knot correctly, to keep the horsehair taunt is difficult.

Since the bows are, generally, simple, I thought another approach might allow one to avoid the difficulty of positioning the last knot, without getting into the complications of building a regular bow.

One of the methods I came up with is, cut a kerf in the end of the bow, then use a T nut and screw to pull the kerf closed over the horsehair.

The T nut can be inset into the wood and the screw can be cut and sanded to make the bow comfortable in the hand.

The T nut I used could be replaced with the type with a round head. Alternately, brass screws and nuts could be used in place of the T nuts.

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