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Violin Bow Making

Monday 24 Jun 10am — Friday 28 Jun 4pm, 2019

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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violin bow making

Prices for accommodation below do not include materials or tools. Please refer to the additional tools list and materials price list attached.

Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £489 – single ensuite room
  • £467 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £467 – single non-ensuite room
  • £415 – sharing non-ensuite room

Please download this list of tools required  Tool list beginners 2018

Please download this list of materials required list parts for students

Materials will need to be ordered in advance from Andrew at bows@andrewbellis.plus.com

Come and learn how to make a bow for your violin. A five-day practical course that enables you to make a bow of the violin family (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). The course is led by renowned tutor, bow maker and musician Andrew Bellis. You’ll be in the workshop by day, working on your personalised bow, and there will be time in the evenings to relax and enjoy informal playing sessions in the bar, so bring your instruments and try your new bows!

Who’s it For?

This course is for over 18s, ideally with some practical experience of woodworking, metalworking or similar crafting hobby.  This is a practical course, based in our workshop and small parts are involved so your eyesight will need to be good enough to work with small parts.

You will need your work tools and you will need to select and order materials from Andrew in advance of the workshop. Please see the pricing info (right) for more information and to download the materials and tools lists.

This workshop group size is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

The Team

Andrew Bellis is a professional bow maker. He’s been playing the violin and viola since childhood, and studied music at the Birmingham School of Music. He’s been making musical instruments since the 1970s combining his passions for both engineering and music. He learned his skill in bow making with John Clutterbuck and Arthur Bultitude and has been in business as a professional bow maker since 1980. He has taught bow-making since the 1990s in the Faculty of Music at Oxford University, the faculty which houses the Bate Collection of historical musical instruments, and at West Dean College.

When not bow making Andrew plays his viola in choral society orchestras and chamber music groups.

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