Friday, March 9, 2007 @11:09:46 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures - it's a good looking banjo, and I like the sound of it to from the sound files you posted. I knew that Dave was making bows now - Lee Guthrie, a fiddler and bow maker from Wisconsin, used to talk about his bows.
Saturday, March 10, 2007 @9:50:00 PM
I've heard of Lee Guthrie, but I didn't know that he was a fiddler, too.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 @11:42:41 AM
Lee is a member of the Monday Night Square Dance Collective in the Twin Cities, and also plays square dances in Minnesota and Wisconsin with the Mastadons. He started making bows after attending a workshop in Maine and somehow hooked up with Pinkus Zucherman who became a business partner to market the bows. His bows ended up in the hands of many of the well-known classical violinists, as well as some old-time fiddlers (such as James Leva). They are pricey, but very well regarded as worth it to those who value a good bow. Lee was often referred to by the old-time community in Minnesota as "bow-maker to the stars." Prior to making bows, he used to rehair them. And in his deeper past, he went to the Red Wing school for instrument building and repair, where he made a guitar.
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