The Bow - Part Five English Bow Making (Almost) Passes Away by Andrew Bellis

The Bow – Part Five: English Bow Making (Almost) Passes Away

Previously in our bow series . . . This article follows on from Parts Three and Four about the evolution of English bow making – read those first, please! In Part Three, about the original company W. E. Hill & Sons (“Hills”)*, I mentioned an extraordinarily talented workman who moved

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The Bow - Part Four William Retford & Arthur Bultitude

The Bow – Part Four: William Retford and Arthur Bultitude

Previously in our bow series . . . In part 3, about the original company W. E. Hill & Sons (“Hills”)*, I mentioned an extraordinarily talented workman who moved into their new Hanwell (West London, UK) workshops in 1893 to help restart their bow making: William Charles Retford. Retford’s most

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The Bow - Part 3: W. E. Hill & Sons, London - How to Start a Legend by Andrew Bellis

The Bow – Part Three: W. E. Hill & Sons, London – How to Start a Legend

A Forward-Thinking Luthier Around one hundred and fifty years ago, a talented, highly respected, forward-thinking violin-maker and restorer decided to expand his business more thoroughly than anyone before or since. As a result, William Ebsworth Hill (1817 – 1895) established the only prominent purpose-built workshop/factory for violins, violin accessories, and

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The Bow Part 2 by Andrew Bellis

The Bow – Part Two: New Inventions – and a Trip to England

The French Take the Lead, Followed by the British By 1750, the French – having access to newly discovered South American woods – were pre-eminent in bow development thanks to the Tourte family, but the British weren’t far behind. The heavy timber being felled in Brazil and Guyana had a

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The Bow - Part One: Beginnings

The Bow – Part One: Beginnings

Want to know more about the history of the cello bow? Look no further. This is the first in a series of articles about bow history by our new bow specialist, Andrew Bellis. Enjoy! – Dr. Brenda Neece, Curator Who invented the bow? I don’t want to start this series

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