Violin bow by Guillaume KESSLER


Here’s a bow made just for you in my workshop.


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.

Bow maker Guillaume KESSLER
Dreaming of a bow that would transcend how you play? Why not try one of mine?

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.
Violin bow by Guillaume KESSLER - on the workbench
Planing a bow stick.

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.

More details

Weight 800 g






Bow hair type

Coruss, Natural hair


Classical, Modern


Stiff, Balanced, Flexible


Clarity, Balance, Fullness of sound


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Payment and shipping

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Payment options

Each order must be paid in full before it is shipped. We currently accept the following forms of payment:

  • Card (Visa, Mastercard, etc.)
  • Paypal
  • Bank transfer



Delivery costs
Tracked letter Bow* Violin and Viola       Cello
France Free Free Free Free
DOM-TOM 7,00€ 20,00€ 25,00€ On request
Europe 7,00€ 17,00€ 25,00€ On request
World zone 1 7,00€ 25,00€ 30,00€ On request
World zone 2 7,00€ 30,00€ 60,00€ On request

*Large accessories that cannot be sent in a tracked letter format will be sent in the same class packaging as bows. This will be the case for chin straps, for example.

Countries outside the European Union may apply a customs tax. Additional charges may apply depending on the content of the package. Please do not hesitate to contact me or the customs office in your country if you have any questions or concerns.

Deliveries for strings and accessories that measure under 3 cm are made in registered mail format and are therefore sent by the French Post Office. This applies both to national and international deliveries. This is a simple and efficient way to have your order shipped to you directly.

For larger accessories and instruments, I use the Chronopost or TNT solutions. A tracked shipment can either be delivered directly to your home or to a pick-up location, depending on your preference, which you will be asked to specify at checkout.

I generally ship orders between 1 and 4 working days. However, in exceptional circumstances, such as when travelling, I may not be able to meet these deadlines. In this case I will inform you as soon as possible.

For shipments outside of France, transporters may differ depending on the daily quotation.

DOM-TOM : Guadeloupe – Martinique – Guyana – Mayotte – Reunion – Saint Pierre and Miquelon – Saint Barthélemy – Saint Martin.

World zone 1: Albania – Andorra – Armenia – Belarus – Bosnia – Georgia – Gibraltar – Guernsey – Canary Islands – Faroe Islands – Iceland – Jersey – Macedonia – Moldova – Montenegro – Russia – San Marino – Serbia – Turkey – Ukraine – Vatican.

World zone 2: All other countries outside of Europe, DOM-TOM and world zone 1 territories.

Returns and exchanges

You have 14 days from the date of delivery to make a return or exchange. You must return all the items within 30 days of delivery, with the return form and your receipt of purchase included. Returns and exchanges will be refused if the return form and receipt are not included.

If you have any questions regarding payment or delivery, please contact me directly.