Violin Bow Rehairing with Roger Foster, 53 minutes, DVD, NTSC format, $25.00 plus shipping. Produced and edited by Ronald Louis Fernández.

This DVD shows how a professional violin and bowmaker rehairs a bow in his shop.

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 Orange, California which is a full service violin shop. On a daily basis he makes, repairs and restores fine violins and bows. In this video Roger openly shares his knowledge of and experience in bow rehairing.

For information about Foster's Violin Shop (224 S. Olive Street, Orange, CA 92866) see: www.fostersviolinshop.com

For Roger's website about our DVD go to: www.violinbowrehairingdvd.com

Ronald Louis Fernández, a cultural anthropologist by training (Ph.D., McGill University) imports and repairs guitars from Spain and Portugal. Since the 1990's he has made videos on classical guitar making, french polishing and nylon string guitar care.


For information about how to purchase this unique DVD contact Fernandez Music: ron@fernandezmusic.com