Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Merlin's Bow

Pulled a tuff of Merlin's mane out of his curry comb. It was long and when I pulled on it, felt strong. So I tied it up to an antler and slid a cake of rosin up and down the black strands. I played it on my fiddle and it rang out with that sweet music, clear and strong. It sounded better than any bow I ever bought. I am going to make a proper bow out of some green wood and some more of Merlin's hair. I don't know of many black-haired bows but I am excited to create one.

13 Comments:

Blogger Pamela said...

Jenna, you are so clever, ever thinking of different ways to reuse. Merlin's hair on an anlter bow is so symbolic of CAF. I bet it does make sweet music!

January 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Ab said...

You should use that as your logo--it is a great image!

January 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda London said...

now that is clever. me thinks the Scots of Olde would be very proud of this, no sense trying to find the instrument artisan to build a better bow when the makings are right there in front of you (and money is better spent on "sensible" things like wood and hay.

January 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

Between my auspicious dream and this undeniable piece of Cold Antler magic, 2013 is off to an enchanted start. This photo made my day.

January 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

I'd buy one of those bows! Just saying....

January 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Can you post some audio of yourself playing with that bow? I'd love to hear what it sounds like!

January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

awesome!maybe you can find a local luthier and you could market Merlin's bows. I'd prob buy one :)

January 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I love this so much. I'd probably buy one, too!

January 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Imagine you will fly... said...

wow ... that's so clever and amazing ... what a wonderful start into 2013 ... i'd love to hear that sound!

January 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Chautauqua said...

How Cool! I remember at Fiddle Camp when you said you wanted to make a bow out of Merlin's tail -- Good On You! WooHoo. And, yes, I would buy one too!

January 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

That is the most awesome thing ever!! I love it!

January 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Emily Browning said...

My friend's father plays the violin and only plays with bows that he has made out of black horse hair. There was a reason why, but I can't remember what that was. I want to say it was supposed to bring good luck. If I remember, I will ask! Love your Cold Antler bow!

January 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM  
OpenID kindsofhoney said...

How cool! I didn't know this sort of thing was possible!

January 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM  

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