In keeping with the Grand Tradition ot the internet I, too, have my page of swell and dandy links that have items of interest that you might find useful
The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers has a web site here:
Pre-modern bow Makers
Ralph Ashmead has been making bows for early instruments since the early 1980's. He has been featured in a number of newspaper and magazine articles including The Strad and Strings magazine. Some examples of his work are delightfully ornate even for the Baroque period. He originally made bows in the San Francisco Bay area. He now lives and works in Tuolumne, CA just North of Yosemite National Park.
Chris English makes both modern and pre-modern bows. But is best known for his pre-modern / pre-Tourte bows. I have personally known Chris and his work for over 20 years. If you are considering a bow and especially one for pre-modern playing, I would suggest that you check him out. Chris lives and works in the American bow capital, Port Townsend, WA
Harry F Grabenstein had firmly chosen his path as a maker of pre-modern bow by the time I met him in the early 1980'S and has followed that path ever since. He makes bows for the viol and violin family of stringed instruments from Renaissance to modern. Harry is located in Williston, Vermont. www.hfgbowmaker.com
Bass bow Makers
Sue Lipkins is the name that first comes to mind when asked about bass bows. Sue has studied Bass at Juilliard School of Music. Worked and studied in the shop of the great OZ, William Salchow in New York, and spent many summers in the company of other bow makers at the summer workshops at Oberlin, OH. Her selection of materials and craftspersonship are unsurpassed. She shares a workshop in Woodstock NY with her partner, instrument maker David Wiebe www.ViolonCello.com/BowMaking
David Wiebe attended the University of Missouri, Columbia as a Music Major in Double Bass performance this was followed by studying violin making at the violin making school in Mittenwald, Germany. He is one of the few that makes violins, violas, cellos and bass. He shares a workshop in Woodstock NY with his partner, bow maker Sue Lipkins. ViolonCello.com/about/index.html#david
The David Van Zandt web site. Lots of interesting things relating to violins, bows and bowmaking here too!
The Violin Society of America is an organization whose purpose is to promote the art and science of making, repairing and preserving stringed musical instruments and their bows. The VSA offers its members the world-renowned competition for new instruments and bows, an annual convention, the Journal, a quarterly newsletter, as well as other activities.
The line of low-cost bows that I import, Arcos Brasil, has their own web site too, if you need more information than I have provided here, check it out.
They have an excellent paper on pernambuco wood
And then there is Gryphon Stringed Instruments
May I recommend Frank Ford's site:
And we mustn't forget the required links to pages of Violist Jokes...
I have known David Young for over 20 years. He is an excellent maker of bows
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