The aim of the course is to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of how quartet bows work. While we often talk about the details of a bow’s head and frog, here we’re going to talk about what happens between these two extremities.

This course is aimed at bow makers, whether they are in training or experienced, luthiers who work on bows, and possibly also musicians who are passionate about bows. Exchanges of views and experiences are expected.

A theoretical discussion is proposed, explaining how the bow works, both statically and dynamically, while emphasising the relationship between the bow and its use, as well as the expectations of musicians.
The content of this discussion will be put into practice. The core of the course is to work on bow adjustment, both on camber and thickness, with particular emphasis on how to judge the bow’s action and the result obtained.

We will develop the gestures and techniques for working the camber on the sticks. To do this, a camber will be made using old-fashioned heating methods, from raw sticks that the participants will have to rough out. Secondly, the adjustment work will be done on bows in the process of being finished. Finally, we will work on retouching camber on existing sticks, as on old bows being restored.

The importance of these different subjects will be modulated according to the needs and expectations of the participants.