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Water Violet Bows was founded in 1994 by Renato Cesar Casara in the village of Demetrio Ribeiro. The village, near the town of Joao Neiva in Southeastern Brazil, is a place where Pernambucco trees grow and where the population are decedents of Italian immigrants.  The place is perfect for making traditional violin family bows. 

In the beginning, the company produced only twenty handcrafted bows each month - one bowmaker and three other employees.

By the year 2000, Water Violet was making 450 bows per month, with a production capability of 600 bows per month - thirty-eight professionals of whom ten are master bowmakers who handcraft the finest violin, viola, cello, bass, and baroque bows.

A. Fornaciari 'Sartory' Pernambucco 4/4 Violin Bow

  • This bow was made by Master bow maker, A. Fornaciari.

    The bow is a copy of a Sartory bow
    [Eugène Nicolas Sartory (1871 – 1946) was an influential French bow maker from Mirecourt, France. He apprenticed with his father and worked for both Charles Peccatte and Joseph Alfred Lamy (père) before setting up his own shop in 1889. He built in the midst of a trend toward heavy, strong bows - a trend he helped advance. His bows had very strong shafts and, later in his career, his bows had wider heads, a modified shaft cross-section and a thicker above the handle. The bows were stable performers. Early Sartory bows were dark pernambuco. Later bows were lighter colored pernambucco. Source: Wikipedia]

    Round pernambucco stick
    Silver Fittings
    Sartory copy
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