Wholesale Suppliers for Violin and Bow Makers
This Page lists resources for violin and bow makers and, includes suppliers of tools, tone woods, bow woods, varnish materials, fittings, general supplies, etc. It will continually be updated...so check back again.
If you are a supplier of tools or materials for violin or bow makers please let me know. I would prefer to focus this list on wholesale and retail suppliers for makers rather than discount string and accessories mail-order houses directed more towards the general public.
|Tone Woods||Bow Making Supplies||Varnish Materials|
|Tools For Makers||General Supplies|
679 Roehl's Hill Rd.
Olga, WA. 98279
Telephone: 360 376 2747
FAX: 360 376 4080
Mills wood specifically for the violin family. Engelmann, Red, and Sitka spruce, Bigleaf and Red maple, willows and poplars.
Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0
Phone and FAX: (250) 566-4628
Gordon & Ann Carson are suppliers of fine Engelmann Spruce. Their wood is cut from high elevation spruce forests in Northeastern British Columbia. Standing dead trees are often selected for better aging and stability.
Im Gries 26
Saw Mill located at:
85229 Markt Indersdorf
Telephone: +49 162 56 33 926
FAX: +49 8136 229 129
Andreas Pahler is a specialist in European spruce (Picea abies) grown on the upper slopes of the Alps, in mixed and protected forests at about 1000 m above sea level, as well as in maple (Acer pseudoplatanus).
53 Sylvestor Place
Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129
Telephone: (303) 507-5225
Simeon Chambers Tonewood Store, via Ebay
From cutting, splitting, stacking, milling, grading, to shipping; Specialists in low density Engelmann spruce for professional violin makers worldwide.
Box 10 Stanton Road
Shushan, New York 12873
Telephone: (802) 375-9965
Suppliers of tonewoods native to the Adirondack and Green Mountains that "... meet the standard which its European twins established in the early history of instrument making". Specializing in maples, acer saccharum and acer rubrum.
Regretfully, Rick Baron passed away in October, 2013.
Kairlindacher Strasse 2
D-91085 WEISENDORF, Germany
FAX: 0049-9135 2904
Supplier of fine tonewood.
25 330 Fertans France
Suppliers of European maple, spruce, fruitwood and boxwood for Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitars, Harpsichord, Bagpipes, etc.
di Andrea Rivolta & c.
via Vittorio Veneto, 7
20033 Desio (Mi) Italy
Telephone: +39 0362 621608 or +39 0362 303659
Fax +39 0362 300734
A supplier of fine European Maple, Italian Spruce, and Exotic woods for instrument makers.
Specialists in European Spruce (picea abies). All tone woods are harvested from managed Forests.
PMB 258, 2023 East Sims Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368-6900
toll-free number: (877) 440 - 2643
FAX: (360) 765-4145
Supplier of Northwest Big Leaf Maple and Engelmann Spruce.
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PO Box 84268
Seattle, WA 98124-5568
Telephone: (800) 426-6740
Suppliers of fine artist materials. Has a good catalog.
D-91081 Baiersdorf, Germany
Supplier of oil and spirit based varnishes, gums, resins, oils, balsams and stains.
228 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
Telephone: (212) 219-2394
Orders: (800) 995-5501
FAX: 212 219-2395
Supplier of Raw Materials For Fine Arts, including pigments, oils, resins, balsams, raw mineral powders, etc.
Historical products for musical instrument coatings
It is with great saddness that I learned of Koen Padding death in August of 2012. My heart goes out to his family and freinds. He will be missed by many, many people.
6 Needham Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Manchester M21 8AA, U.K.
Partners: Ephraim Segerman [USA], Yvonne Segerman
Phone & Fax. +44 (0) 161 881 8134
Supplier of Strings, Instruments, Varnish materials, and Publications
Santiago Bernabeu,10 – 3C
28036 Madrid, Spain
FAX: +34 91 564 6635
Old Wood's aim is to supply makers and restorers of stringed instruments with a complete range of top-quality finishing products to bring out the light, warmth and natural beauty of wood, while enhancing its acoustical properties.
1340 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 824-3180
FAX: (415) 358-4407
Artist's supplies offering an array of hard to find traditional materials for artists, plasterers, violin-makers, sculptors, conservators, restorers, faux finishers, interior decorators... etc.
Joe W. Robson
14 Prospect Street
Trumansburg, New York 14886
Telephone: (607) 387-9280
FAX: (607) 387-3113
Joe W. Robson sells a variety of ready-made varnishes and natural colors that quite a number of violin makers have used successfully. These varnishes dry to the touch in a warm atmosphere in 2 to 3 hours.
6245 ZH Eijsden
Telephone: : 001131- (0)43-3112153
Supplier of amber varnish made by traditional methods as described in 16th and 17th Century manuscripts.
1729 N. 68th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Telephone: (414) 774-1724
WoodFinishing Enterprises has been supplying specialty and hard to obtain traditional finishing products to amateur and professional woodworkers and musical instrument makers since 1980. It is sometimes difficult to reach this Dale, but the effort is worth it. He sells high quality resins, gums, oils and varnish coloring agents.
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P.O. Box 263
44419 Little River Airport Road
Little River, CA 95456
Telephone: (707) 937-0570
FAX: (707) 937-2485
The Supply Source for Makers, Restorers, Repairers and Maintainers of Bows, including hair, wood, wrap material, a wide variety of shell, etc. BowWorks is the US representative for the Lucchi Meter. Visit the BowWorks On-Line Catalog, or call or write for free catalog.
403 Hodsdon Road
Pownal, Maine 04069
Telephone: (207) 865-9514
Toll Free: (800) 488-9717 (USA & Canada Orders Only)
Bow Making Tools and Supplies
D-22159 Hamburg, Germany
Telephone: 49- 40- 668 10 84
FAX: 49- 40- 668 12 51
Fine Chinese , Mongolian and Argentine bow hair in all lengths and Special Brushes for Violin & Bow Makers.
King Street Mills
Drighlington, Nr. Bradford
West Yorkshire, England BD11 1EL
Telephone: +44 (0)1132 854 287
FAX: +44 (0)1132 853 456
A Family business committed to producing the worlds finest quality bow hair
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93413 Cham, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 9971 / 760420
Unless I'm mistaken, Aehnelt Tools is the company that makes most of the tools labeled TA, and they used to make all the GEWA and Gotz tools; gold steel knives, bending irons, etc. Since 1924, the Aehnelt Company has supported instrument makers with a variety of hand-made precision tools for drilling, reaming, cutting, milling, planing, filing, gluing, measuring, and they offer a wide range of special tools specifically for instrument makers. The website as of January 2013 is difficult to navigate for English speakers, but by frequent clicking of the British flag you can see, read about, and order from their on-line catalog.
728 SW Wake Robin Ave.
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Telephone: (800) 982-4464 / (541)752-0404
Manufacturer of Precision Tools for Luthiers, Violin Makers, and Bow Makers, including a very fine hand powered disk sander that has to be seen to be believed, beautiful strong and lightweight precision quick setting clamps, sets of the finest peg shapers I've ever seen, and a peg shank skiver that violin makers have been waiting far too long for. Impeccable work!
P.O. Box 141
Forestville, CA 95436
Telephone: (707) 887-9746
Manufacturer and supplier of signal generators for use by Luthiers for Chladni Testing, Plate Tuning, etc.
100 S. Baldwin Street, Suite 306
Madison WI 53703
Supplier of wearable, comfortable, affordable, precise optical magnification devices for craftspeople to see and work at comfortable distances.
Corso XX Settembre 39
Telephone: +39 0372 801808
FAX: +39 0372 801809
International supplier of tools and materials used in all the fields of violin and bow making.
4272 Norton Ave.
Oakland, CA 94602
Telephone: (925) 708-6841
Tom Croen is one of the most inventive violin makers around. He is marketing the neatest purling gizmos the violin making community has seen to date. It attaches to and becomes one with a standard Foredom™ flexible shaft power tool and hand piece and is used with precision carbide bits to excavate the purfling channel quickly and accurately. This tool not only saves time but saves wear and tear on your body.
Jacob de Launay makes some exquisite tools, for makers and restorers.
11611 W Prentice Pl.
Littleton, CO 80127
Telephone: (720) 502-6687
Supplier of fine chisels, gouges, woodcarving tools, turning tools, planes, saws, fine benches, and more. Supplier of Dastra carving tools.
3 Impasse Grand Champ
61260 LE THEIL SUR HUISNE
Telephone: 033 02.37.49.77.99
FAX: 033 02.37.49.69.69
E-mail : email@example.com
Fabricant d'outils pour la dorure sur bois, la sculpture & la lutherie (pardon my French)
Suppliers of luthier and sculpture tools. On-line catalog in French.
16650 Mitchell Creek Dr.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Telephone: (888) 282-5233 / (707) 964-2782
FAX: (707) 964-7816
Manufacturer and supplier of quality plane blades and knives handcrafted to satisfy the demands of the most discriminating professional. Will custom make blades and knives to your specification... including toothed finger plane blades.
Via Virgilio 2 - 26100 Cremona Italy
Telephone: +39 0372.491193
FAX: +39 0372.1960148
Bow Makers, as well as Manufacturer and supplier of the LUCCHI ELASTICITY TESTER
Tom Durrant, Manufacturer
Kincardine Ontario, Canada
Manufacturer of specialized crack gluing clamps similar to the ones Brian Hart used to make. More information and photos here. His website suggests that he's open to extending his line of tools by request.
P.O. Box 9
Warren, ME 04864-0009
Telephone: (800) 327-2520 / (207) 273-1520
FAX: (207) 273-2657
Manufacturer and supplier of over 50 types of planes, saws, spokeshaves, chisels, floats and more.
P.O Box 2
BRONX, NY 10465-0002
Telephone: (800)-360-3843 / (718) 828-3843
Supplier of fine German carving tools, particularly the Dastra carving tools [my personal favorite].
Semmel Enterprises, Inc.
3268 South 31st Street
Lincoln, NE 68502
Telephone: (402) 730-4590
An amazingly strong ball vise particularly well suited for working on cellos and basses, allowing you to move and rotate your work to the angle most comfortable, convenient, safe and expeditious for you. Various plates and jigs can be attached to the vise. It's great for for positioning your work for arching, scraping, graduating and varnishing, among other things.
D-78532 Tuttlingen, GERMANY
Phone: +49 7461 75394
Fax: +49 7461 770098
Manufacturer of high-quality rasps, cut exclusively by hand, and files made of rust-free stainless steel. All rasps and files can be made with variable cuts, sizes and shapes.
525 Everett St.
Laurinburg, NC 28352
Telephone: (910) 276-4179
John Schmidt produces a uniquely tapered knife design that reduces weight, while retaining the strength and rigidity required for heavy cuts. The steel Mr. Schmidt uses is very carefully hardened and tempered to allow the edge to be keenly sharpened, to hold that edge during professional use, and be quickly resharpened as required.
7520 White Birch Lane
Erie, PA 16509
Telephone: (814) 868-9737
FAX: (814) 868-9931
Custom maker of precision tools for violin and bow makers. Manufacturer of custom stamping dies for under slides, name stamps, microchip stamps, gluing cauls, finger planes, and cryogenically hardened black oxidized steel cutting blades for their planes and custom fitted tool designs for individual needs.
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3938 Gilbert Drive
Victoria, BC, Canada, V9C 4B2
A small business offering a family of tailpieces in a variety of woods which incorporate a tunable mass to adjust the relationship between the resonances of the tailpiece and those of the body of the instrument towards the production of optimal sound. Manufacturer and supplier of custom composite fingerboards.
Eugene B. Thordahl
Bjorn Industries, Inc.
551 King Edward Road, Ste: 211
Charlotte, NC 28211
Telephone: (704) 364-1186 voice
FAX: (704) 364-1098
Suppliers of Hide Glue "40 Centuries Old And Still Holding". Mr. Thordahl has been incredably helpful to any number of makers over the years, helping them with their hide glue needs. His website isn't the most modern, but hide glue isn't either. Mr. Thordahl requests an email or phone contact to address specific questions,
Les Mourets F-26400 ALLEX France
Telephone/FAX: +33 4 7562 6281
Fine fittings for violin, viola and cello
Route de Cazeaux
Telephone: (33) 05.62.67.80.44
FAX: (33) 05.62.67.83.62
Web Based Contact Form
Specializing in the manufacture of bridges for bowed stringed instruments.
3008 Westcott Street
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: (703) 533-5883
The Frisch and Denig Violin and Viola Chinrest Fitting System. The patented system includes standard height and lifted chinrests in a wide variety of shapes, chinrest diagnostic kits for players of any age, and a posture and instrument positioning process.
94526 Metten, Germany
Orders In English: +49 (991) 9109-902
FAX: +49 (991) 9109-101
Supplier of wood, tools, fittings, accessories, strings, bows, bow hair, etc.
Telephone: 037423 / 778-0
FAX: 037423/ 778-9703
Web based E-mail form
International Wholesale suppliers of musical instruments, accessories, tools, etc.
P O Box 25
D-91088 Bubenreuth, Germany
Telephone: 0049-9131 24164
FAX: 0049-9131 25229
Manufactures of cases and flight cases. Supplier of instruments, bows, fittings, accessories, strings, bow hair, wood and other raw materials, and tools.
D-52222 Stolberg, Germany
Telephone: + 49 2402 126540
FAX: + 49 2402 12654-29
Wholesale only suppliers of strings, accessories, reference books for violin and bow makers, wood, etc.
1421 Clarkview Rd. Ste 118
Baltimore, MD 21209 USA
Telephone: (800) 542-3538 / (410) 832-2525
D-64569 NAUHEIM, Germany
Supplier of fingerboards for the whole violin family, woods: ebony, rosewood, pearwood, grenadille and boxwood.
Mansfelder Strasse 48
Phone/FAX: +49 (0)33981 505434
Ms. Küster specializes in carving heads for musical instruments
7975 Cameron Dr. - Bldg. 1600
Windsor, CA 95492 USA
Telephone: 800-477-4437 / 707-687-2020
LMI Web based E-mail form
Suppler of fine woods and tools for Stringed Instrument Makers
4861 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672 U.S.A.
Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm E.S.T.
Toll-Free Phone: 866.846.5461
International Phone: 802.253.4814
A wholesale supplier to the bowed instrument trade. Tonewoods, tools, finishing supplies, bow parts, & books are available for purchase through the website without a dealer account. Businesses need to have a wholesale account to purchase at wholesale prices.
8548 Anniversary Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Telephone: (800) 930-1955 / (240) 631-1955
FAX: (800) 689-1958 / (240) 631-1958
Wholesaler-Only supplier of violin, viola, cello and basst strings, fittings, bows and accessories.
6837 NE Alameda Dr.
Portland, OR 97213
Telephone: (503) 249-1864
Maker and supplier of some of the finest pegs, end buttons and tailpieces in the world!
Helmut Pöser's web based E-mail form
Maker of Period Fittings. All measurements are elective. Special designs possible.
1232 - 39th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Telephone: 1-866-388-2956 / 515-279-0627
Taylor USA web based E-mail form
Providing high quality merchandise and advice to Retailers and Luthiers across the U.S.A., exclusively on a wholesale basis.
Just talk to Susan, and you'll understand why I like this company.
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