Trade Secrets: Making a Parisian-eye ring


A step-by-step guide to this intricate part of bow repair

By Eric Lane

Bow maker based in Boston, MA, US

Welcome to the next instalment of my repair of a Morizot Frères Parisian eye. In my last Trade Secrets article (November 2021), I began the repair by making a custom hole cutter to deepen the very shallow ring channel so that a replacement ring would securely fit. Please refer back to that issue for ‘before’ pictures, as well as proper context for this article.

1. Our frog was made with nickel-silver fittings. I am not aware of a commercially available nickel-silver tube in the dimensions needed, so I had to make one from scratch using sheet stock. I cut out a 2 x 25mm strip and, as I only have 1mm stock to hand, rolled it down to 0.7mm. I then annealed the strip to re-soften the metal…

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