All in a Days Work

April 28, 2021, 4:12 PM · Today I rehaired five bows in succession. I really had gotten into the swing of it by the end, not that you lose it but by the end I had re re-experienced all those subtle nuances, the mastery of which make one an adept at any particular craft. Its nice to get into a rhythm with such jobs. It becomes like meditation and other concerns flit through the mind momentarily stealing your attention until the rhythm and momentum pulls you back into the job again and you realise that whilst you thought you were distracted, you've actually been multitasking and that distraction must have only lasted for a couple of seconds.
Today's work was an interlude between days of Violin Making as I've been very busy making new violins over the last few months with orders in Ireland and the United States States pending. So getting those four violin bows and one cello bow rehaired plus the violin set ups was a therapeutic divergence from my staple of Violin Making.
Even when I make violins or cellos or violas, I like to change jobs to keep my appetite whetted and then of course there are my long cycles into the Wicklow Mountains that create life balance and re-energise me for the job again, that's if I'm fit to stand after fifty or sixty miles of steep hills and the Irish elements. There's nothing as good as returning to my studio after an exhilerating bike ride. (But usually after sixty miles I'd be having a rest!) Today was leisurely and well paced.
Five tidy, satisfying rehairs and a bit of set up work on a few violins. Back to violin making tomorrow!

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