The Bow Business

The Bow Business

Maker and restorer of bows for the violin family

Biography

It was during a guitar making course that I first became drawn to violin repair as I realised that violins were constructed in a way which facilitated subsequent disassembly and restoration.

Stephen makes bows for instruments of the violin family, using techniques from the French and English bow-making schools, and using a combination of hand tools and machinery. He also undertakes repair and restoration of bows. Among his clients are Trinity College of Music and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Stephen studied musical instrument making and repair at Merton College, Morden from 1994-6 after training as an engineer. Qualifying with a City and Guilds in Musical Instrument Technology, he went on to work at Stentor Music Company Ltd and J. P. Guivier & Co. Ltd. In 2001, he received specialist training in bow repair and restoration with Derek Wilson, Anna Tummers and Linda Grove and took on the customer bow work at Guivier & Co.

In 2006, Stephan set up his own business, making and restoring bows, and has since built up a reputation among professional players in the leading London orchestras and theatres, session musicians and music students.

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Stephen makes bows for instruments of the violin family, using techniques from the French and English bow-making schools, and using a combination of hand tools and machinery.