Pernambuco and bow rehairing.

Posted on | January 14, 2009 | No Comments|

bowSince November last year, we have been donating 1 US dollar to ICPI with each bow rehair done in our shop.

ICPI is the “International Conservation of Pernambuco Initiative”. Each US dollar raised plants one Pernambuco sapling. This is goes toward an international effort to save this endangered Brazilian tree. Pernambuco has been the main source of the wood for over two centuries of bow making and has given so many wonderful bows.

I’m pleased to say that all my customers have been supportive of this venture. When they hear that Pernambuco may be controlled just like ivory unless something is done they have been pleased to help.

If the ICPI efforts are not successful the effects on players and makers will be serious. Just one example: no more traveling across international boarders with your favourite new or antique Pernambuco bow. It would be very difficult for traveling soloists, chamber musicians, touring orchestras or students studying abroad.

Let’s hope the Pernambuco forests spring back and the scenario above is avoided.

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For information on the Pernambuco tree go to:

For general information on ICPI check out:

http://www.ipci-usa.org

http://www.ipci-canada.org

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
    792 Gladstone Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1R 6X9
    Tel: 613 569 4803

    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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