François Nicolas Voirin: The style and substance of a pivotal bow maker


Matt Wehling on Voirin’s artistic and technical advances, which were implemented by most all French makers and paved the way for makers such as Lamy, Sartory and E.A. Ouchard

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François Nicolas Voirin was a pivotal maker in bow history. By changing the shape of the camber and taper of the bow he changed how bows played and sounded. He also gave birth to a new bow aesthetic, and upped the game regarding the precision, craftsmanship and consistency of production. Many of his innovations dominated the way bows looked and felt for three quarters of a century, while others are still with us today. Let’s first look at some of the aesthetic changes he made to bows…

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