Make hand-tools, steel beams, and fittings from nothing but sheet metal.
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.