Horse Hair: Does it matter where it comes from?
I was talking with my wife about some horse hair that I had been looking at online at various sources. It seemed that hair from Mongolia is very popular, as well as Siberia.
But my question is this: Why not hair from local horses (Canadian in my case)? Why can't I go to my local horse ranch and get some hair from their horses? I'm assuming that there is cleaning that must be done but are there other reasons?
Why is Siberian horse hair $500.00 a pound?
I'd just love to get me some local Ottawa/Aylmer horse hair for my bow. :)
I know that Prochownik uses Canadian horse hair and it's fairly different.
IIRC, the colder the climate, the better the hair is for bows. I believe this may only apply to white hair but I could be wrong.
Canada may produce decent hair if that's the case; but at the same time Mongoia and Siberia get pretty cold too.
I imagine that different breeds of horses have hair with different characteristics. That's not to say you couldn't find usable hair but it may be a bit hit or miss.
I wonder if Dragonetti had Mongolian horse hair on his bows.
some links to read...
(on that site, Canadian horse hair is the most expensive )
(here and below it says the descriptions are only partially based on horses' country of habitat. "Canadian" horse hair could come from Siberia, and vice-versa.)
Also very interesting - maybe you can get it translated with Google: http://www.polychord.com/bogenhaare/bogenhaare.html . Best, Tom
Or go to the English page on the site:
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