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Storing Unused Bow Hair
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Irv
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October 16, 2018 - 10:55 pm
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I just purchased several hanks of black horse hair.  It is currently wrapped in thread and I put it in a zip lock bag to keep it from insects.  Is this OK or should I take off the wrapping and suspend it?  I am out of my comfort level on this (never had much hair myself).  It sure looks beautiful.

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I have been pondering this also...  also the fact of separating a few hanks  from a kilo  without leaving  a mess.

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Hi steveduf.  Mine is fortunately already knotted and looks to have melted rosin applied to one end.   I just got done counting the knots and it appears that I have enough for 30 bows (or attempts thereof).   I have a metal gauge with the bridge radius for a violin and viola, with an additional slot to determine the amount of bow hair to use.  You must put your own scratch across the slot (I guess) once a favorable result is obtained.

In the Daniel videos on YouTube, it appears that the whole lot of hair is hung off a book case and he just uses a pair of scissors to detach the required amount for a bow, ties a knot in it, and starts the process of taking the kinks out with a comb.

One wonders how this trade was learned, without obvious apprenticeship, in the days before the internet.

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October 18, 2018 - 9:55 pm
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Unless you plan on using it very quickly, I suggest you leave it in the plastic bags that you put it in. We have hanks hanging all the time but they are used fairly regularly. The climate in your home might change regularly, which is not optimal for long term storage. If you can, keep it in a dry, cool, and stable storage.

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