Violin Bow Rehairing with Roger Foster (DVD)
In this step-by-step presentation, Roger Foster demonstrates the complete process of rehairing a violin bow. He starts by examining the bow for structural problems, disassembles the bow and cleans the parts. Then, he precisely cuts hardwood plugs for the head and frog. Next, he selects and prepares the horse hair. With the materials prepared, he proceeds to rehair the bow using techniques which assure that the hair will remain taut in the bow. In order to keep the hair distributed evenly at the frog, he carves and inserts a wooden spreader. Finally, he shrinks the hair and then rosins it.
Roger Foster, after graduating college, began his apprenticeship in violin and bow making in 1975. By 1977 the focus of his training had turned to restoration. In 1979 he opened Foster's Violin Shop in
53 minutes run time.