Established 1982 Tel: 020 7249 9398

Cello bow by D Silveira, Brazil

£650.00

Get it on Finance

From £ per month

Finance available on all orders between amount £750 to £25000

SKU: Cellobw331 Category: Tag:

Description

Cello Bow by D Silveira from the workshops of Horst John, Brazil

When one thinks of quality Brazilian handcrafted pernambuco wood bows, one name comes to mind: Horst John.

When Horst John arrived in Brazil in the mid-twentieth century, he fell in love with the noble woods of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, which stretches from the state of Rio de Janeiro thousands of kilometers northward to the states of Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte.

John bought a 42-hectare forest in Aracruz in southeastern Brazil – just 40 kilometers away from a quaint backwoods community of some three thousand inhabitants – Guarana – in the state of Espirito Santo. That’s where John set up both a factory for bowmaking and a pernambuco wood nursery for replanting in the forest.

The founder was attracted to the variety of noble woods in the Atlantic Forest as a source of inspiration, in much the same way that musician Tom Jobim was entranced by the songs of the hundreds of varieties of birds residing there. Both men became artists in their own right. 

Especially interested in what the Brazilians call Pau-Brasil, the tree after which the country was named, Horst John became fascinated by the technical specifications of the different varieties of pernambuco wood in bow making.
The older the wood, the better the quality of the bow. And Horst Johnhas a reserve of such wood to last many years.

Tourte was the most renowned bowmaker of the eighteenth century, recognized as the first to experiment with pernambuco wood. as the public became aware that of all of the varieties of pernambuco wood that exist in different regions and countries of the world, only those varieties native to the country of Brazil in the Atlantic Forest are the best for bows. 

Europeans thus came to know Horst John in the twentieth century as one of the most important suppliers of pernambuco wood and they came to recognize his pioneering studies of the fine raw material, even adopting John’s classification system to facilitate the selection of the most important varieties of pernambuco wood to be used in bowmaking. 

John created five categories of the native Brazilian pernambuco wood based on criteria including soil, environment, color, texture, veins, grain, density, elasticity, weight. These categories are: Peccatte, Sartori, Dodd, John (Vermelho) Red, and
John (Amarello) Yellow.

Peccatte
Sartory
Dodd
John (Vermelho)
Red
John (Amarelo)
Yellow

John’s classification system aided the separation of the wood for stacking by instrument. He perfected the naturally dried process and produced standards of quality in acclimatization.

Brazilian Bowmaking with European Tradition

In the early 1970s Horst John sent Brazilians to Germany to learn as apprentices of master craftsmen and then extended personal invitations to the European bowmakers themselves to participate in a type of laboratory at his Guarana factory. European bowmakers came to his renowned Brazilian workshops and nursery to share in his findings and see for themselves how, for example, a certain variety of pernambuco wood was the most appropriate for a violin or cello. The Europeans also marveled at John’s reforesting efforts as a tribute to future musicians

This ongoing international exchange of bowmakers helped the Brazilians master specific skills such as cutting and carving the stick correctly, gluing and setting the tip, working the frog, wrapping the bow’s grip and combing and stretching the hair.

Horst John is known for the skill and care of its staff of bowmakers from a line of Brazilians who have been trained by master European craftsmen. All Brazilian bowmakers got their start at Horst John.

The round stick of pernambuco of a dark red-orange colour, silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with Parisian eye. Three part silver adjuster inlaid with pearl eye.

Stamped ‘D Silveira’ on the shaft

  • Weight 80 grams

Condition Report

Condition as new

Additional information

Weight0.28 kg
Dimensions79 × 4.5 × 4.5 cm

Reviews

There are no reviews yet!

Be the first to write a review

*

Delivery & Returns Delivery and Carriage We will deliver your goods normally within 48 hours if in stock. Please contact us for more information on items which are currently out of stock, and we will send you an email with approximate new stock arrival dates. If you need delivery by a certain time please state this on your order and we will do our best to accommodate you. VAT and other taxes All prices are shown in GBP including UK VAT (at 20%) where applicable. We are required by law to collect VAT at UK rates on orders despatched to countries within the European Union. VAT will not be charged on orders being shipped to the Channel Islands, Switzerland and countries outside of the European Union. If ordering for delivery overseas, you may be required to pay import duties and taxes that are added once the order arrives in your country. Any add-on charges for customs clearance must be accepted by you. Customs policies vary from country to country, so you should contact your local customs office for further information. Shipping normally takes place within 48 hours (subject to stock) from your order being received and should be delivered within 3-8 days and depending on your country. If you experience any difficulty in placing an order please contact us and we will be happy to help. Returns and Cancellation If the goods you receive are faulty please return them to us in their original condition within 14 days and we will either repair or replace them or refund the cost of the goods. If the goods you receive are not what you ordered please return them to us in their original condition within 14 days and we will either replace them with the goods you ordered or refund the cost of the goods and carriage. Please call us before returning any goods. If you choose to return any goods you must ensure that the goods are properly packaged and sent at your cost by a secure carrier: it is your responsibility to take reasonable care to ensure that they reach us undamaged. If you do not pay for the cost of return then we may deduct the cost of retrieving the goods from any refund due to you in respect of the order. We recommend that you use an insured service for all returns. If a refund is due to you it will be made expeditiously and within 30 days. Non-delivery of goods If your goods are not delivered to you within 14 days of the despatch date you must notify us immediately, otherwise, we cannot accept responsibility for the lost goods. You will be notified of the despatch date by e-mail shortly after we have received your order. Damage in transit Any claim arising from damage in transit must be made to tomandwill.com within 3 days of receipt of the goods. Please check the cases and contents immediately upon receipt, and before signing for them. Goods seen to be damaged should be refused, or if kept should be signed "Damaged in transit" and packaging materials must be preserved for inspection. Damaged goods must be reported immediately and within 3 days of delivery otherwise, tomandwill.com cannot accept responsibility. Bridgewood & Neitzert LTD 146 Stoke Newington Church Street London N16 0JU United Kingdom. Tel: 020 7249 9398 Or e-mail us. admin@bridgewoodandneitzert.london VAT registration GB505061000 Company no (England & Wales) 06197611 E.& O.E.
Share