• BETTER Snakewood viola bow


Stick & Frog & Hair:
Selected octagon/round snakewood stick, nickel-silver fully mounted snakewood frog with parisian eyes & button. Natural horse hair.

Materials Grades:
2nd grade snakewood 
shafts are strong, dense, know to be beautiful and good material to build the bow sticks.
2nd grade snakewood frogs & buttons
2nd grade of natural white horse hair from a male horse, without bleaching or dying.

Partially customizable:

Scroll down and choose from the attributes below. It doesn't matter that photo you saw on the left didn't change against your selections of the attributes in next step. We send out bows according to your actual selections.

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Cutting, Planing & Filing, Varnishing:

The shaft preparation: 
A precise band saw is used to cut woods into blank pieces. Milling machines are used to give the stick blanks a rough shape. Different kinds of planes are used to give completed shape of the shaft, and mean while the burning heat source is used to form the camber. A series of files are used to give shape to the bow tip. And sandpapers of different grits are used to polish. A good combination of balance and weight are the final goal. We re-categories the shafts by their quality in each step, so that we have enough semi-finished sticks for each grade at different crafting steps. Shafts are finely varnished by hand to meet their grades. Click to see making process.

The Frog, Button preparation:
A precise bench saw is used to cut snakewood into blank blocks. Special milling machines and lathes are used to shape them. Files and sandpapers are used to polish and finish their shape. Their grades are categorized by smoothness of the wood surface and natural color of the wood. Then metal parts supplied by jewelry maker will be fit into the wood(horn, shell) parts. And then polish and re-categories by quality and ready for fitting onto the shaft.Click to see making process.

Assemble & Adjustment: 
Shaft, Frog/Button and Horse hair, fit them together, seems like just a rehair process. We use our special procedure to ensure the assemble quality, especially the right length of the horse hair.Click to see making process.

Whether you are looking for a custom-made bow or standard bow, please let us know what you want for a bow such as the acoustic properties, the flexibility of the stick, strength, weight, stability, and the playing qualities that you desire. Please contact me regarding our handmade bows. I look forward to discussing your needs for bows.
Free shipping to North America and EU 
Crafting time normally less than one week.

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BETTER Snakewood viola bow

  • Product Code: JPSVA1
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $132.00

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