Bow Maker

Craft quality bows for violins, cellos or violas.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bow Makers do?

Without a bow, a cello, violin, or viola won’t produce a single note. Bow Makers, then, have the power to coax clear, solid sounds out of these instruments. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility: Nobody likes that squeaky, screechy violin noise!

Bow Makers work with their hands as well as wood, glues, wire, metal, and horsehair on a daily basis. So if you’re good with manual labor—gluing, cutting, and carving—a career as a Bow Maker could be a good fit.

If you’re making custom bows, you meet with customers, offer quotes on how much the project will cost, and discuss what kind of bow they’d like. You might also make generic bows to sell in a musical instrument shop.

Because you spend time a lot of time with your customers as well as other instrument specialists, this job contains a social element. However, most of your work is done alone—just you constructing your bows.

Should I be a Bow Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Bass-Mechanism Maker, Chair Maker, Door Maker, Frame Maker, Guitar Maker

    How to become a Bow Maker

    Most Bow Makers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:95aaaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2848%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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