A short break from wood to make a couple of cello endpins from stainless steel and brass. My own design enables secure locking in position and the metal parts are screwed into the wood enabling a choice of wood to be used usually ebony, boxwood or rosewood, Precise engineering ensures smooth operation! Back to a violin front now.
Increasing in use, with the supposed difficulty with obtaining traditional pernambuco bows, composite or carbon fibre bows are advertised as the answer! Even traditional horsehair is sometimes abandoned in favour of artificial substitutes. No problem with that but a recent rehairing job on one of these bows caused me to have a serious rethink. These are effectively "plastic bows" which will be around for millennia and in these days of environmental awareness, I ask are these sustainable as a "product", for a product of industry they certainly are, which is claimed to be virtually indestructible! Whilst the sticks are going to be around forever will they stand the test of time in use?
This question arose on doing the hairing job on a cello bow five or six years old and finding things not quite as one would expect!!