Selecting a bow will always be a matter of taste. Weight, balance, shape of the head or frog, round or octagonal bow shape are all criteria that players consider. Whichever Paesold bow the player chooses they can rely on the fact that the quality levels will exactly meet or even exceed the demanded level of the chosen bow.
Paesold's bow-making workshop in Hagenau, Germany shares an affinity with bow-making that stretches back over 100 years. Using skills that evolved during this time, Paesold Master Bow Makers supervise all the work that goes into crafting a Paesold bow. Their attention to detail and appreciation of the history and traditions of bow making has assured Paesold's reputation is unsurpassed. Master Bow Makers are also responsible for purchasing wood, a duty which includes regular visits to Brazil to personally inspect and select the pernambuco and brazilwood. This large stock of natural air dried wood allows Paesold to be a major supplier of wood to other bow makers.
About the wood:
All wood used for making Paesold bows is air dried in the traditional manner. To help determine wood quality in the early stages of bow construction Paesold employs the use of Arcometer® testing. Unique to Paesold, this testing combined with visual and physical inspection by Master Bowmakers ensures perfectly weighted, consistantly high quality balanced bows. At this stage of the construction process, each stick is graded in the Paesold manner in relation to its model and mounting materials. As work progresses on each stick, they are frequently visually inspected for defects and physically tested in the traditional manner of bow making to ensure the potential playing qualities of the bow are fully realized.
About the finish:
To add color to the stick and bring out the figure in the wood, Paesold employs the traditional method of using ultraviolet light. After this the sticks are French Polished with shellac.
Paesold's master bowmakers travel to Brazil to personally inspect and select the best obtainable trees for their production of pernambuco and brazilwood bows. Before this wood can be used for bow making it must first be allowed to air dry naturally for many years. Only then does it fulfil the specific requirements needed in making Paesold bows. Weight, balance and flexibility are the determining factors in the playing qualities of all bows. Paesold's master craftsmen have become experts at interpreting each piece of bow wood to achieve the optimum combination of these essential qualities.