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Mackenzie and I are going to learn rehairing violin bows and are looking for a recommendation on a jig to buy or make.

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Hi steveduf (and others).  I have a terrible time retracing where I found interesting things on the internet, so I copy the image or text and paste them in a book.  But that would do you no good on your request, so I went back to find "the original source."  And I was successful.

I don't think that a jig which secures the entire bow is very useful.  But if you search under "maestronet homemade violin bow rehair jig Brad Dorsey," you should find two postings (with photos).  One is for a bow frog jig, and the other is for a bow tip jig.  I particularly like the bow tip jig since it utilizes a swinging peg to secure it to a wood workers bench, and has another peg to secure the tip into the jig.  You particularly want something that keeps your fingers away from the maple wedge that secure the hair while removing same.  

I use a finely toothed lice nit comb from eBay (the local pharmacy's nit combs were too expensive and were not fine enough).  

Modern Chinese bows often utilize super glue on the wedges, which is extremely difficult to remove.  I practice on carbon fiber bows that lutheriers sell for a few dollars on eBay because they don't want to be bothered removing that stuff during a rehair.  And don't be afraid of using black hair on a violin bow.  It works great and makes a more efficient use of rosin.  

Wishing you the best.

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steveduf said
Mackenzie and I are going to learn rehairing violin bows and are looking for a recommendation on a jig to buy or make.  

I took a picture of the one that our luthier made a long time ago. Very beat up but it works perfectly.  There is cork on the inside of all four wood blocks.

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