Posted on August 11, 2021August 20, 2021 by Dale Phillips Small Bow for Psalteries and Dulcimers Small Bow for Psalteries and Dulcimers by Tony Pizzo Originally published as Guild of American Luthiers Data Sheet #38, 1976 This data sheet provides plans for a small, simple bow (especially well-suited for bowed psalteries) which I am still in the process of developing. There is no need for frogs and threaded shafting, etc. as the bow hair is held tightly by means of tension. Until information on simple bow making becoms more accessible, bows such as this serve quite well. (The shape is adapted from an illustration in Lynn Elder’s “How to Play the Bowed Psaltery”, and as I developed my bow through a process of trial and error from that initial point, I don’t know how far the similarity carries from there. At any rate thanks to Mr. Elder.) Materials: bow — mahogany (or other hardwood 13"×1 1/4"×5/8" (or 1/2")shims — rosewood inlay strip 1"×1/8"×1/28"doweling — 1" lengths of 1/2" and 3/8" diameter dowelsbow hair — approx. 13" length (suggestion..“Chieftain” Nylon Bow Hair available from International Violin Co./1421 Clarkview Road, Suite 118/Baltimore, MD 21209. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.