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 violin, viola, and cello 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.
Amelyse began playing the violin at six years old and whenever her family took her violin to get adjusted she would always ask the shop owner if she could watch what was being done. Years later, her curiosity eventually led to an opportunity for her to work for a local violin shop, which she did through high school and college. Once in college, her curiosity moved from instruments to bows, and thus began her desire to become a bow maker. Amelyse tested the waters of bow making under Steve Beckley in 2013 and the following year she studied at The Violin Craftsman Institute at The University of New Hampshire. After several courses at UNH, she began studying bow making with Rodney Mohr through his program, Learning Trade Secrets, and is currently apprenticing with David Forbes while continuing to study with Rodney Mohr. David’s awards include two gold medals in VSA international competitions and numerous certificates of merit from VSA competitions, the City of Paris competition and Manchester cello festival.
Adam Goltry is a bow maker, bow restorer, and instrument restorer. In his workshop, Goltry Studio, Adam focuses on bow making and the occasional special restoration. He is also a member of the team at Triangle Strings, where he tackles innovative restoration projects for Jerry Pasewicz. A 2015 graduate of the Violin Making School of America, Adam bolstered his formal education by apprenticing with Amos Hargrave and Kelvin Scott, and more recently, studying bow making with Tom Goering. Adam is a native of Wichita, Kansas.