Violin bow making is a challenging and very interesting process to get to know about! If you’ve ever wanted to get a glimpse into the bowmaking process, now it’s your chance! Let us give an insider look at violin bow making, and more precisely a sneak-peek into Lucchi’s workshop! The Lucchi family is one of the greatest bow makers in Italy.
Inside the workshop of bow making
As we all know a violin bow isn’t just to help you play the violin itself, an excellent bow will enhance the instrument’s tones, it gets another 30% to 40% out of the violin voice, which means if you have acquired the right bow for you and your needs it will make your music even better! Therefore, handcrafting a bow can be anything but an easy task. Just like a violin maker, the profession demands a lot of experience and knowledge from the luthier.
The process of making a bow from start to finish takes a ton of hard work and attention to detail: The process of making a bow begins by planing the corners to transform the square stick into an octagonal one, using planes that are specially designed for this process. Then the tip of the violin bow is shaped to determine the aesthetics of the bow and is a vital process in determining its final shape.
The bending operation is carried out with heat. There is a delicate balance when it comes to flaming the wood because if you heat it too much, it will collapse and lose strength; if not heated enough, it won’t bend or will lose its curvature over time. One thing that distinguishes a handmade bow from an industrial one is the artesian approach. The bow maker cannot limit himself to a mechanical copy of a bow, adapting its curve and thickness and expecting to obtain the same result. The curvature of the bow depends on the sensitivity and experience of the bowmaker.
Meet The Lucchi violin bow making
The Lucchi bow is based on the French classical design, reinterpreted over the years by Maestro Giovanni Lucchi who, giving particular importance to the functionality of the bow, derives a personal model to it. Their production is well appreciated by many musicians and is demanded usually for the particular quality and best raw materials!
Some of their masterpieces are available on our website, keep scrolling to meet them!