Just as violin making in the United States according to many of the world's best players has entered a new Golden Age, bow makers in this country are turning out bows that are in high demand around the world.
The bows of young American makers represent a unique opportunity for the player who is not ready to lay out tens of thousands of dollars for an old French, Italian, or German "stick". They get a bow of the highest quality materials and workmanship at a fraction of the price. And they get in on the ground floor of the maker's promising career.
The makers of the bows offered by Cossmann Violins have apprenticed with some of the finest masters in the world, masters whose work has been judged superior so many times they no longer are permitted to compete. And in bow making as in violin making, studying with the best is a good predicter of future accomplishment.
Sarah began the study of bow making at Williams Fine Violins in Nashville.
Later apprenticing with Master Archetier Rodney Mohr in Ashland, OH, she refined her skills and expanded her network of other highly respected makers as a member of The Violin Society of America. Her continuing education has taken her to the prestigious bow making workshop held at Oberlin College and further instruction at the Learning Trade Secrets program run by Mohr.
Sarah’s master has won numerous awards in international competitions, including The Violin Society of America International Competitions where he no longer can compete, his bows having won too many gold medals. He also has won medals in the Concours International de Paris.