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French luthiers soon to be deprived of wood for their bows

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Violinist Gidon Kremer, in September 2020, at the Staatstheater in Cottbus (Germany). imago images/Rainer Weisflog via Reuters Connect

INQUIRY – The possible increase in the level of protection of this essence from Brazil, necessary for the manufacture of bows, alarms musicians.

It is a craftsmanship that acquired its letters of nobility in France at the end of the 18th century.e century. It is a profession that could appear in a few years on the list of professions on the verge of extinction. The match that set fire to the powder, first igniting the confidential environment of bow makers before spreading to the world of violin making and the whole musical sector, it is a seemingly innocuous proposal from Brazil.

In view of the next Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), from November 14 to 25 in Panama, the country proposes to transfer Poorbrasilia echinataa species endemic to the Atlantic Forest of Brazil also called pernambuco, from appendix II to appendix I of the Cites regulations. “Clearly, it will definitely be impossible for us to restock our pernambuco once our stocks are exhausted.fulminates the bow maker Edwin Clément. However, this is essential for the production…

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