Rosin the Bow explores the many roles the violin family of instruments play in the world today through a series of public radio programs, podcasts, and a comprehensive oral history archived by the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Traveling throughout the United States and other parts of the world, storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning radio journalist Joe McHugh and his wife Paula McHugh seek out interviews with violin makers, dealers, restorers, auctioneers, tone wood producers, insurance agents, museum curators, rosin makers, bow hair importers, string manufacturers—even police officers who have played a part in recovering stolen violins. The McHughs also interview gifted musicians who perform a variety of musical genres from classical and folk to jazz and rock. To learn more www.rosinthebow.org

The goal of the Rosin the Bow project is to weave together a variety of experienced voices into a rich tapestry of history, culture, politics, economics, religion, and philosophy that speaks to musicians and anyone fascinated by the power of music to foster community and nourish the soul.

Interview with Peira Ciresa owner of the Ciresa tone-wood factory in the Val di Fiemme, Italy

Spruce trees of the Paneveggio Forest

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