Copy & Restore
(some examples)

Kees van Hemert - Bowmaker

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Karel van der Meer - Violinbow

  

Great care has been taken in this example of a "Cheval" restoration on this Karel van der Meer frog to find ebony that suits the original ebony. Furthermore the weight of the finished frog is virtually the same as the original frog.


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D. Peccatte - Cello Bow

 

The head of this beautifull D. Peccatte Cello bow was snapped off halfway, alsol, part of the tip was missing and the ivory tip plate was cracked and split...

Instead of filling the rather large hole at the frog end of the stick caused by a long period of playing and thumbpressure combined with neglectance, with a glue / wood mixture, the choice fell on two Pernambuco plugs with a perfect fit and match in direction of the grain.

The new wood was left to oxidise so as not to hide the restoration and to take on a darker color instead of darkening it chemically.


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John Kew Dodd 1752 1839

 

The original frog of this outstanding violinbow showed three serious cracks on the verge of splitting the whole frog, rehairing was also very difficult because the original ferrule was paperthin due to overzealous polishing instead of just cleaning the silver.

A nice detail is the engraved partly visible nr. 5 at the bottom of the mother of pearl slide, it looks as if J.K. Dodd cut up some ornamental piece of mother of pearl which obviously was already made into some sort of object, but what?

The copy frog and button were made of fossilized Mammoth Ivory and first grade silver. It has sligthly more "flesh" around the throat, so as not to encounter cracks developing again.


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Edward Dodd 1705 1810

 

The original ivory frog of this viola bow had been "restored" rather poorly with a piece of very badly chosen white plastic. Due to corrosion the iron screw split the ivory button over time. A copy frog and button where made to replace the original, again using mammoth ivory and first grade silver


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John Kew Dodd 1752 1839

 

Another example of a copy frog and button made by me again for a violinbow, this one also has a bit more meat around the throat to stop cracks developing which are always a risk in these bows, it only takes one lousy rehair!


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