The tip is also called the head of the bow or thepoint of the bow.
The lightest and most narrow part of the bow is its tip. The bow’s tip is quite fragile. Be certain to always treat your bow with care.
The weight and balance of the bow is greatly affected by the tip of the bow. Bow hair is attached to the tip with a wedge. The wedge holds the bow hair in place securely, which assures the tension of the hair and therefore the weight of the player’s bow motions.
As with all aspects of string instruments, the bow has undergone much experimentation and evolution.
Italian Baroque composer and esteemed violinist Guiseppe Tartini, wrote fifty bowing variations called “The Art of Bowing.” Considering the title, Tartini probably imagined the bow as a music paintbrush too!
Tartini’s composition “The Art of Bowing” is based on a theme written by another Italian composer, Arcangelo Corelli, and is written for solo violin.
This is how the tip of the bow used by these 17th century musicians looked.
The process of honing the perfect shape and weight of the bow’s tip continues to be explored by bow makers today. Whale bone, silver, tortoise shell, mother of pearl inlays, and gold, are added as fancy linings of the tip of the bow and serve to enhance the artistic appearance of the finest bows.