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Bow-hran Stick (cello)
Bow-hran Stick Thin Style Tipper
Thin-style bodhran tippers handcrafted from genuine cello bows.

  • Handcrafted from genuine cello bows.
  • No two are alike. Your item may differ from photo.
  • All pictured sticks are 9".
  • Special Offer:
    Order 2 or more Bow-hran Sticks™ (cello or violin), get 25% Off!

Why shop here?
Bow-hran Stick™
Handcrafted from Cello Bows

Now Available From Cello Bows
A customer asked if I could make him some Bow-hran Sticks from cello bows. Well, why not?

So the next time I was at the violin shop, I got a small handful of old worn out cello bows and voila—now you can order 9" and 10" cello Bow-hran Sticks

Bow-hran Stick™ Construction
There ain't nothing fancy about a Bow-hran Stick™. It is just a hunk of cello bow with the ends chopped off.

Sure, I sand the ends then touch 'em up with a buffer and tripoli polishing compound.
But that is about the extent of it. And since the sticks come from a bow, none are perfectly straight. Some players consider this an advantage. Others would call it a defect. So there is nothing special about these drum sticks. Except maybe the name. I think Bow-hran Stick™ is simple, descriptive, and kinda cool. The idea came from my 11-year-old son, Zak (who is now 15 and doing great in high school).

Strong Lightweight Wood: Excellent for Top-end Playing
Some of the bows are brazilwood or pernumbuco. These two woods, which come from the same tree, are prized by bow makers for its superior strength and light weight.

But I cannot positively identify which wood is which or whether your stick is another wood altogether. However, we can safely assume each stick is at worst, a strong lightweight wood. And that is the perfect choice for top-end playing.

9" or 10" Length
3-lengths The sticks are currently available at a length of 9 or 10 inches (pictured sticks are 9"). I will be happy to make a Bow-hran Stick™ in any custom length you want at no extra charge, but delivery might have to wait until I acquire a new supply of bows.

Four Styles:
You can choose from four styles:
Grip, Grip w/coil, Plain, and Slim & Curvy. These styles reflect the nature of a cello bow.

grip-detail Grip sticks are from bows with grip material near the end. Cello bows often sport a wrapping of silver wire along with a small one-inch leather grip. Some of the grips appear to be vinyl. However, some of the wraps are not wire, but leather or a vinyl-like material. In any case, the grip material makes these sticks a little heavier at the grip end.

plain-group Plain sticks are from bows with no grip material at the end of the bow. Some of the plain sticks are cut from a segment near the middle of the bow—which is a smidge smaller in diameter and slightly more curved.

Slim & Curvy
plain-group Slim & Curvy sticks are the lightest in weight. They have no grip material and come from a segment near the tip end of the bow.

Is a Bow-hran Stick™ Right for You?
These lightweight cello bow tippers work fine for top-end playing. But if your drum has a thick rubbery skin like my unique Albert Alfonso does, then you will probably need a heavier stick. And if you are thinking of trying a violin or cello Bow-hran Stick™ for Kerry style playing, then I think its light weight might leave you disappointed.

Here's good news if you want a big hefty Bow-hran Stick™
A 9" tipper I made from a double bass bow seems to work well for Kerry style playing on my Alfonso. The 9" Double Bass Bow-hran Sticks work well for Kerry style, even on my rubbery Alfonso drum. And at 80% the weight of my 9" ebony "Mark Stone style" tipper, these Double Bass Bow-hran Sticks are certainly substantial enough for Kerry style playing. And of course, they're kind of cool too.

Low Price
Each handcrafted
Bow-hran Stick™ is a paltry $9.97 to $21.97. So go ahead and order a spare or two.

Special Offer
while supplies last...

Order 2 or more Bow-hran Sticks™ (cello or violin), get 25% Off!
Watch for discount in shopping cart.

Item# Item Name Our Price Qty Add
100-600-C10G Bow-hran Stick (cello), 10" Grip
(Out of Stock)
100-600-C10CG Bow-hran Stick (cello), 10" Grip w/coil
(Out of Stock)
100-600-C10P Bow-hran Stick (cello), 10" Plain
(Out of Stock)
100-600-C10SC Bow-hran Stick (cello), 10" Slim & Curvy
(Out of Stock)
100-600-C9G Bow-hran Stick (cello), 9" Grip
(Out of Stock)
100-600-C9CG Bow-hran Stick (cello), 9" Grip w/coil
(Out of Stock)
100-600-C9P Bow-hran Stick (cello), 9" Plain
(Out of Stock)
100-600-C9SC Bow-hran Stick (cello), 9" Slim & Curvy
(Out of Stock)
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  • Genuine Old Cello Bow: A cool stick for the new millennium.
  • Lightweight and sturdy: The perfect combination for top-end playing.
  • Original Stain or Plain Buffed Wood: The natural look for a natural drummer
  • Four Styles to Choose From: Pick the style that works best for you.
  • Handcrafted: Made one-at-a-time, the old fashioned way.
  • Budget Priced: Grab a handful without breaking the bank.

Technical Specs:
Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
  • Length: 9 or 10 inches
  • Diameter: 1/4" to 7/16"
  • Weight: .35 oz to .75 oz
  • Composition: Durable Old Cello Bow Hardwood
  • Wood: Varies, but often brazilwood or pernumbuco
  • Camber (arc): Natural cello bow curve
  • Color: Original stain or plain buffed wood
  • Four styles: 1. Grip, 2. Grip w/coil, 3. Plain, 4. Slim & Curvy

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