This goes along with the continuing bow cleaning discussions, I think. I had a bow rehaired a while back, by Lynn Hannings, a bowmaker of some reputation who happens to be in driving distance from me. She started talking about how people are now getting hair from live animals. It's all from China, of course, these days, and apparently has been produced mainly from slaughter houses, horses being an article of food there, as for a good bit of the world.
The live hair, she says, is quite a different article from the hair from dead animals, more flexible, more durable, better sound, longer lasting. This was a surprise to me, never having inquired into the source of bow hair particularly, but most intriguing. The bow is fine and the hair is certainly good, though I haven't felt any dramatic difference.
Have others heard of this? Any experiences? My impression from Lynn is that the live material is now the hair of choice, so others should be seeing it around. Lynn, incidentally, sells supplies mail order and does workshops; her Web site is worth a look, also much involved in the pernambuco restoration efforts.
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