Making Matters: How to identify an expert bow maker

Bow frog and brand

The ability to identify the maker of a bow is a rare talent that requires a keen eye and a wealth of knowledge. Jacques Poullot gives some pointers as to how to acquire such expertise

French bow making as we know it today dates back to the 1780s with the pioneering work of François Xavier Tourte. To understand the progression of bow making in France, and indeed throughout Europe, we must therefore be familiar with almost 250 years of historical practice…

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