Our Story

Salchow & Sons is not just a business, it's a family tradition that goes back more than 60 years. 

William Salchow was the first American to study the art of bow making in France. In 1959, he received a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Mirecourt, the cradle of French bow making, to learn the traditional style of the craft. He studied under Georges Barjonnet and Charles Alfred Bazin, both of whom came from a family of bowmakers.

When he returned to America in 1960, William founded Salchow & Sons. Over the course of his half-century career, he perfected his technique and became the leading American bowmaker and teacher. William’s grandson Isaac began working in the shop at the age of 19 and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in French and German bows. 

The bows that both Isaac and William have crafted are highly respected and sought after by discerning players. As bowmakers, Salchow & Sons innately understand the importance of the bow in music-making and the considerable investment required to own one. Because of this, we deeply value our role in caring for your bow.

Since 2009, Isaac has perpetuated the tradition inspired by the old masters. Under his leadership and expertise, the shop’s talented staff continues the Salchow family trade in the areas of repairs, certification, appraisals, and sales.


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