Painting by Janet MacLeod

Painting by Janet MacLeod

I make bows for violin-family instruments.

My aim is to create bows that are both beautiful and exciting to play. All of my bows are entirely handmade in my East Montpelier, Vermont shop.

I made my first bow in 2000 with Lynn Armour Hannings. I am inspired by the beauty of the materials and the depth of the tradition. Like many makers today, I look to the masters of the 18th and 19th century for context in my work.

In 2013 I began attending the Violin Society of America Bow Making Workshop at Oberlin College. Through this unique experience I have been very fortunate to learn from some of the finest bowmakers in the world. I owe a great deal to their generosity.

In addition to making, I also offer professional bow rehair, repair and maintenance.

I live and work in Vermont, where I grew up. The hills and forests surrounding my home and shop offer continuous reminders that beautiful lines are rooted in nature. In addition, the creative people that are drawn to Vermont enrich my work and life.