Decorating a bow frog: let the flowers bloom

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A very specialist part of the bow maker’s craft is the addition of decorative inlay into a bow frog. Vladimiros Sorokin-Andreou presents his method for this intricate and delicate part of the process

In the past, I have been approached by both craftspeople and musicians asking me to explain how I add decorative inlay to bow frogs in the style of Christian Wilhelm Knopf. I do not know the precise reason why such great bow makers as Knopf and Étienne Pajeot began to adorn their bows with decorative elements; I can only begin to guess…

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