As its name suggests, a violin bow by Guillaume KESSLER is made by myself. As such, it’s first and foremost a handmade bow in the French tradition. Substantially, this kind of instrument (because yes, a bow is an instrument), is here to suit the needs of the most demanding violinists.
Violin bow by Guillaume KESSLER
First of all, I choose a Pernambuco stick according to its mechanic and acoustic qualities. Then I carve it by hand in the French tradition of bow making, fiollowing models from the great bow makers of the early 20th century. I believe it is thanks to their sophisticated style the French lutherie’s savoir faire has gained so much recognition.
- The bow’s wrapping are in solid silver.
- The bow’s weight is between 60g and 61g.
- Its tip plate is adorned with mammoth ivory or metal matching the wrapping.
- As for the gear, it is made of a French screw and an eyelet, all to make it last longer.
- And as for the hair, it comes from very high-quality Asian grasslands horsehair.
- Obviously, I can also fit Coruss synthetic hair on your bow.
- A very comfortable thumbpiece covers the stick.
- In the end, you get an authenticity certificate along with any of my bows.
The characteristics of Pernambuco
After a thorough selection, I classify every stick according to their mechanics and sound:
- Mechanic-wise: stiff, balanced or supple.
- And sound-wise: bright, balanced, or dark.
This knowledge of the wood allows me to know what type of stick will suit what kind of musician before I start planing it.
The camber choice
There are several choices of camber that help finding the right behaviour and personality for your bow:
- The classical camber is after Tourte’s bows. Their bow’s legato is incredibly smooth and they display a great fullness of sound.
- Then you have the modern camber after Sartory’s bows. It offers very quick spring and response, as well as a great bite.
How to choose your violin bow by Guillaume KESSLER?
The best solution to find what bow is good for you is to talk to me directly. This way, we can discuss about how you want to play or to sound like. I will then show you what choice seems the best for you.
Likewise, you’re welcome to my workshop to try several bows. I’m sure having concrete sensations can help understand what words or feelings come to you.