So there's this cool thing called a Jimbow that was developed by Jim Wells for bowing hammered and mountain dulcimers. It's pretty much just a curved nylon rod with a handle:
Here's a video of Jim playing a hammered dulcimer with it:
...and some audio of a mountain dulcimer played with it:
...and here's Jim's somewhat broken, early-90s looking site: GleeCircus
Has anyone tried using one of these on a mandolin? I think it could be another tool for increasing the sonic palette of the mandolin.
p.s. I'm expecting some "why don't you just play a violin" comments, so in response: because I highly doubt a mandolin played with a Jimbow would sound like a violin; so: because they are different sonic textures.