How long will a rehair take?
You can usually pick it up the next day. Same-day service is sometimes possible, but I prefer to let it dry overnight. If the bow needs other work, it could be longer. We will examine your bow together when you bring it in.
When are you open?
Weekdays by appointment. I am usually in the shop from 11 to 7, but sometimes step out so it’s best to call ahead to make sure I’m there. We can also arrange to meet at other times. Just call. (415) 867-4503
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What is your experience?
In the Bay Area I have done work as an independent for Joan Balter, Ifshin Violins, and Rolland Feller Violins. In order to keep current on the latest developments, I attend Violin Society of America [vsa.to]conferences, the VSA-Oberlin Bow Makers’ workshop each summer, and serve on the board of the VSA.
As an editor for Strings [allthingsstrings.com] magazine, I traveled widely and wrote hundreds of articles on instruments, makers, the market, accessories, buying and selling. So you can ask me almost any question. If I don’t know the answer I know who will!
As a musician, I have always played the fiddle, especially Irish music, and often for dancers. I have toured, taught at music camps, made recordings with several groups. I received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and was a US Irish Fiddle Champion in 1998. An interest in Medieval music led me to the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. That was a great education, but after graduation I reverted to the fiddle world. I love to teach and do so every summer at Lark Camp, a world music camp in Mendocino. You can hear my Irish trio, Three Mile Stone, here