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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.


Violin and Bow Making Supplies
Tone Woods Bow Making Supplies Varnish Materials
Tools For Makers General Supplies



SUPPLIERS OF TONE WOOD


ORCAS ISLAND TONEWOODS
Bruce Harvie
679 Roehl's Hill Rd.
Olga, WA. 98279
Telephone: 360 376 2747
FAX: 360 376 4080
tonewoods@rockisland.com

Mills wood specifically for the violin family. Engelmann, Red, and Sitka spruce, Bigleaf and Red maple, willows and poplars.


MOUNTAIN VOICE SOUNDWOODS
Box 441
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.


ALPENTONHOLZ PAHLER - ALPINE TONE WOOD
Im Gries 26
D-82481 Mittenwald
Saw Mill located at:
Westerholzhausen 10
85229 Markt Indersdorf
Telephone: +49 162 56 33 926
FAX: +49 8136 229 129
E-mail: info@alpentonholz.de

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).


SIMEON CHAMBERS TONEWOOD
53 Sylvestor Place
Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129
Telephone: (303) 507-5225
E-mail: simc@q.com
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.


BATTENKILL TONEWOOD
Robert Crosby
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.


BARON LOG CONSTRUCTION
Rick Baron
242 Iroquois Street
Laurium, Michigan 49913
Telephone: (906) 337-4217 or (906)-231-1432
E-mail: rbaron4217@charter.net

A wood supply company for stringed instrument makers stocked with several species of aged wood, primarily North American, in many different sizes and characteristics.


FRITZ KOLLITZ
Kairlindacher Strasse 2
D-91085 WEISENDORF, Germany
Telephone: 0049-9135-2804
FAX: 0049-9135 2904
E-mail: info@kollitz.de

Supplier of fine tonewood.


LE BOIS DE LUTHERIE
Bernard Michaud
25 330 Fertans France
Telephone: +33.381.86.555.5
FAX: +33.381.86.555.6
e-mail: info@bois-lutherie.com

Suppliers of European maple, spruce, fruitwood and boxwood for Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitars, Harpsichord, Bagpipes, etc.


RIVOLTA s.n.c.
di Andrea Rivolta & c.
via Vittorio Veneto, 7
20033 Desio (Mi) Italy
Telephone: +39 0362 621608 or +39 0362 303659
Fax +39 0362 300734
E-mail: info@riwoods.com

A supplier of fine European Maple, Italian Spruce, and Exotic woods for instrument makers.



TONEWOOD SWITZERLAND
Florinett AG
Orta 133
CH-7482 Bergün, Switzerland
E-mail: info@tonewood.ch

Specialists in European Spruce (picea abies).  All tone woods are harvested from managed Forests.


THE WOOD WELL
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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SUPPLIERS OF VARNISH MATERIALS


DANIEL SMITH
PO Box 84268
Seattle, WA  98124-5568
Telephone: (800) 426-6740
E-mail: dsartmtrl@aol.com

Suppliers of fine artist materials.  Has a good catalog.


HAMMERL GmbH & Co. KG
Hauptstrasse 18
D-91081 Baiersdorf, Germany
Telephone: 0049-9133-2330
FAX: 0049-9133-5171

Supplier of oil and spirit based varnishes, gums, resins, oils, balsams and stains.

KREMER PIGMENTE Inc.
D-88317 Aichstetten
Germany
Telephone: 001.49.7565.91120
FAX: 001.49.7565.1606
&
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.


MAGISTER VARNISH PRODUCTS
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.


NORTHERN RENAISSANCE INSTRUMENTS
6 Needham Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Manchester M21 8AA, U.K.
Partners: Ephraim Segerman [USA], Yvonne Segerman
E-mail: post@nrinstruments.demon.co.uk
Phone & Fax. +44 (0) 161 881 8134

Supplier of Strings, Instruments, Varnish materials, and Publications


OLD WOOD COLOURS & VARNISHES SL
Santiago Bernabeu,10 – 3C
28036 Madrid, Spain
FAX: +34 91 564 6635
E-mail: customer@oldwood1700.com

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.


SINOPIA PIGMENTS AND MATERIALS
1340 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 824-3180
FAX: (415) 358-4407
E-mail: pigments@sinopia.com

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.


VIOLIN VARNISH, LTD.
Joe W. Robson
14 Prospect Street
Trumansburg, New York  14886
Telephone: (607) 387-9280
FAX: (607) 387-3113
E-mail: joe@violinvarnish.com

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.


ALCHEMIST MEDIUMS
Postbus 54
6245 ZH Eijsden
The Netherlands
Telephone: : 001131- (0)43-3112153
E-mail: info@alchemistmediums.com

Supplier of amber varnish made by traditional methods as described in 16th and 17th Century manuscripts.


WOODFINISHING ENTERPRISES
Dale Przybyl
1729 N. 68th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Telephone: (414) 774-1724
E-mail:  woodfin@woodfinishingenterprises.com

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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SUPPLIERS OF BOW MAKING MATERIALS


BOWWORKS
P.O. Box 263
44419 Little River Airport Road
Little River, CA 95456
Telephone: (707) 937-0570
FAX: (707) 937-2485
E-mail: catalog@bowworks.com

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.


LYNN ARMOUR HANNINGS
403 Hodsdon Road
Pownal, Maine 04069
Telephone: (207) 865-9514
Toll Free: (800) 488-9717 (USA & Canada Orders Only)
E-mail: LynnH[at]lahbows[dot]com

Bow Making Tools and Supplies


PETER M. FREUDENBLUM e.K.
Ebeersreye 112
D-22159 Hamburg, Germany
Telephone: 49- 40- 668 10 84
FAX: 49- 40- 668 12 51
E-mail: info@freudenblum.de

Fine Chinese , Mongolian and Argentine bow hair in all lengths and Special Brushes for Violin & Bow Makers.


MICHAEL T. SOWDEN & SONS
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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SUPPLIERS OF VIOLIN AND BOW MAKING TOOLS


AEHNELT PRECISION TOOLS
Lefima GmbH
Barbaraweg 3
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.


ALBERTI DESIGN
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!


BRADLEY ENGINEERING
Don Bradley
P.O. Box 141
Forestville, CA 95436
Telephone: (707) 887-9746
E-mail: sonomadb@sonic.net

Manufacturer and supplier of signal generators for use by Luthiers for Chladni Testing, Plate Tuning, etc.


CRAFTOPTICS
100 S. Baldwin Street, Suite 306
Madison WI 53703
Telephone: 1.888.444.7728
FAX: 1.888.444.6762
E-mail: info@craftoptics.com

Supplier of wearable, comfortable, affordable, precise optical magnification devices for craftspeople to see and work at comfortable distances.


CREMONA TOOLS
Corso XX Settembre 39
26100 Cremona
Telephone: +39 0372 801808
FAX: +39 0372 801809
E-mail: info@cremonatools.com

International supplier of tools and materials used in all the fields of violin and bow making.


CROEN PURFLING TOOL
2608 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Telephone: (925) 708-6841
E-mail: tcroenini@gmail.com

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.


DIEFENBACHER TOOLS
12132 Old Big Bend Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122
Telephone: (800) 326-5316 / (314) 966-8147
E-mail: ron@diefenbacher.com

Supplier of fine chisels, gouges, woodcarving tools, turning tools, planes, saws and more.


D.S.B OUTILLAGE
3 Impasse Grand Champ
61260 LE THEIL SUR HUISNE
FRANCE
Telephone: 033 02.37.49.77.99
FAX: 033 02.37.49.69.69
E-mail : dsb@dsboutillage.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.


HOCK HANDMADE KNIVES
16650 Mitchell Creek Dr.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Telephone: (888) 282-5233 / (707) 964-2782
FAX: (707) 964-7816
E-mail: 4info@hocktools.com

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.


LUCCHI & SONS WORKSHOP
Via Virgilio 2 - 26100 Cremona Italy
Telephone: +39 0372.491193
FAX: +39 0372.1960148
E-mail: info@lucchicremona.com

Bow Makers, as well as Manufacturer and supplier of the LUCCHI ELASTICITY TESTER


LUTHIER'S TOOLS
Tom Durrant, Manufacturer
Kincardine Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 519-396-6461
E-mail: bowstrokes@yahoo.ca

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.


LIE-NIELSEN TOOLWORKS
P.O. Box 9
Warren, ME 04864-0009
Telephone: (800) 327-2520 / (207) 273-1520
FAX: (207) 273-2657
E-mail: toolwrks@lie-nielsen.com

Manufacturer and supplier of over 50 types of planes, saws, spokeshaves, chisels, floats and more.


FRANK MITTERMIER, INC.
P.O Box 2
BRONX, NY 10465-0002
Telephone: (800)-360-3843 / (718) 828-3843
FAX: 1-718-518-7233 
E-mail: info@dastrausa.com

Supplier of fine German carving tools, particularly the Dastra carving tools [my personal favorite].


MONSTER BALL VISE
Semmel Enterprises, Inc.
3268 South 31st Street
Lincoln, NE 68502
Telephone: (402) 730-4590
E-mail: SemmelEntVP@aol.com

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.


PECHAR RASPS
Udo Pechar
Bogenstr. 8
D-78532 Tuttlingen, GERMANY
Phone: +49 7461 75394
Fax: +49 7461 770098
E-mail: info@pechar-rasps.com

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.


JOHN SCHMIDT VIOLIN MAKER'S KNIVES
525 Everett St.
Laurinburg, NC 28352
Telephone: (910) 276-4179
E-mail: jpschmidt44@gmail.com

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.


SCOTT TOOL COMPANY
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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WHOLESALE SUPPLIERS FOR VIOLIN AND BOW MAKERS


BJORN INDUSTRIES
Eugene B. Thordahl
Bjorn Industries, Inc.
551 King Edward Road, Ste: 211
Charlotte, NC 28211
Telephone: (704) 364-1186 voice
FAX: (704) 364-1098
E-mail: info@bjorn.net

Suppliers of  Hide Glue "40 Centuries Old And Still Holding"


BOIS d'HARMONIE
Eric FOUILHE
Les Mourets F-26400 ALLEX France
Telephone/FAX: +33 4 7562 6281
E-mail: info@harmonie.net

Fine fittings for violin, viola and cello


CHEVALETS DESPIAU
Quartier des Moulins
32200 GIMONT
FRANCE
Telephone: (33) 05.62.67.80.44.
FAX: (33) 05.62.67.83.62.
E-mail : contact@chevalets-despiau.com

Specializing in the manufacture of bridges for bowed stringed instruments.


CHINTRESTS.COM
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.


DICK GmbH
Donaustrasse 51
94526 Metten, Germany
Orders In English: +49 (991) 9109-902
FAX: +49 (991) 9109-101
E-mail: info@dictum.com

Supplier of wood, tools, fittings, accessories, strings, bows, bow hair, etc.


GEWA Music GmbH
Werkstraße 1
08626 Adorf
Telephone: 037423 / 778-0
FAX: 037423/ 778-9703
E-mail: info@gewamusic.com
Web based E-mail form

International Wholesale suppliers of musical instruments, accessories, tools, etc.


HEINRICH GILL GmbH
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.


HOLFTER GmbH
Ulrich Holfter
Steinfurt 22
D-52222 Stolberg, Germany
Telephone:  + 49 2402 126540
FAX:  + 49 2402 12654-29
E-mail: info@holfter.com

Wholesale only suppliers of strings, accessories, reference books for violin and bow makers, wood, etc.


INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN CO. LTD.
1421 Clarkview Rd. Ste 118
Baltimore, MD 21209 USA
Telephone: (800) 542-3538 / (410) 832-2525
FAX: 410-832-2528
E-mail: sales@internationalviolin.com

Luthier's supplies


KARL KLIER & CO.
Industriestrasse 15
D-64569 NAUHEIM, Germany
Telephone: 0049-6152-6597
FAX: 0049-6152-63103

Supplier of fingerboards for the whole violin family, woods: ebony, rosewood, pearwood, grenadille and boxwood.


SUSANNE KÜSTER
Mansfelder Strasse 48
16949 Mansfeld
Putlitz, Germany
Phone/FAX: +49 (0)33981 505434
E-mail: info@violworks.de

Ms. Küster specializes in carving heads for musical instruments


LUTHIERS MERCANTILE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
7975 Cameron Dr. - Bldg. 1600
Windsor, CA 95492 USA
Telephone: 800-477-4437 / 707-687-2020
FAX: 707-687-2014
LMI Web based E-mail form

Suppler of fine woods and tools for Stringed Instrument Makers


METROPOLITAN MUSIC
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
FAX: 802.253.9834
E-mail: sales@metmusic.com

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.


NOVA STRINGS
8548 Anniversary Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Telephone: (800) 930-1955 / (240) 631-1955
FAX: (800) 689-1958 / (240) 631-1958
E-mail: info@novastrings.com

Wholesaler-Only supplier of violin, viola, cello and basst strings, fittings, bows and accessories.


ERIC MEYER, MAKER OF FINE FITTINGS FOR VIOLIN, VIOLA AND CELLO
6837 NE Alameda Dr.
Portland, OR 97213
Telephone: (503) 249-1864
E-mail: Finetuning@aol.com

Maker and supplier of some of the finest pegs, end buttons and tailpieces in the world!


HELMUT PÖSER, MAKER OF CUSTOM BAROQUE FINGERBOARDS AND TAILPIECES
Haidplatz 7
93047 Regensburg
GERMANY
Telephone: ++49-(0)941-57364
FAX: ++49-(0)941-55896
Helmut Pöser's web based E-mail form

Maker of Period Fittings. All measurements are elective. Special designs possible.


TAYLOR USA
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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