Zen and the Broken Bow

If you can just learn to “go with” a thing you will seem a master of it. The Zen folks will go on about the “water course way” of a thing to the point that it will take you years to figure out what the hell they were talking about. To sum it up water finds the water course without knowing what lies ahead. It simply flows. Flows in, flows around, or flows through to make a path for itself. The “way” of the water does not change if you are aware of it.

The perception of you as master of the water changes if you are aware of the water course. The corps of engineers is still working on this one.

If something made of wood is broken and splintered, a violin bow for example that a drunken pilot sat on while laid on a hotel bed ( the bow laid, the pilot drunk) it is not ruined if you can inagine the way the wood is made and how it is broken.

When again sober and with good lighting the splintered fibers of the break should be coaxed out straight with a needle such that they will mesh when stuck together with no glue. Some fibers will be too badly damaged to work with and should be sacrificed. It is most important that the fibers remaining will align perfectly.

When a good trial fit is achieved the very best high strength epoxy should be mixed. The epoxy is gently applied to the fibers of each broken half using a toothpick. When all of the mating surfaces have epoxy applied the final fit is made. Holding a moderate pressure to press the two ends together. Use high strength nylon thread to wrap the break going repeatedly from outward to inward with the wrap to force excess epoxy deeper and deeper into the break. 

Final wrapping can be made with ordinary string around and around about a hundred times per inch wound tightly. this generates considerably pressure on the broken area. After 24 hours cut the string and thread away with a utility knife blade to find a bow made whole again.

A little scraping to remove excess epoxy and the repair is complete if you were thoughtful enough to protect the frog and hair set in a zip lock bag taped to the tip end of the bow.


2 Responses to “Zen and the Broken Bow”

  1. This is a really cool description… it always amazes me how repairs on splintered or cracked wood can be totally invisible if done with some care. And now I finally know where the phrase “broke-bowed son of a bitch” comes from.

    Wait. Pilots DRINK???

  2. Now I want a Zen garden to remind me to stop overthinking the shit out of something and just …go.

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