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.
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.Book now