Howard Green first took up bowmaking in 1992, after a brief career as cellist in scratch orchestras in London.
After several visits to Paris to sit at the bench of a Master bow maker, he realised he should develop his own bowmaking techniques, which he slowly evolved over the next 3 decades, into a making style which is a synthesis of his own ideas and traditional English technique, and with some French feel, which resulted from many consultations with top players.
These consultations with top string players, most notably Professor Rodney Friend and Emanuel Hurwitz helped to hone his understanding of what a bow needs to be able to do, for those with sufficient technique, such as these Master players.
This feedback modified his evolving technique, such that the performance of the bow became the priority for the maker, which is the core of his making philosophy to this day.
All his bows are made for discerning players, who know when a bow is balanced and responding well. Mr Green’s artistic eye and intrinsic love of beautiful form, is reflected in his bows, as an inherent grace that is immediate.
So, “performance” and “grace” are the two main characteristics that have evolved after 3 decades of developing his skill as a modern bowmaker.