Please take time to look over my website; the gallery contains images of the bows I make. Some of my clients have been kind enough to recommend my work, please view their comments. Take a look at my workshop to see some of the work in progress.
My work is to make bows that are a natural extension of the arm with balance, strength, tone, flexibility, and many other attributes, making a bow that becomes a living entity with its own ‘soul’.
Soul for me means that undefinable quality that works with the player’s technique to turn notes into music. Soul means a player’s instant realisation that something special is happening after playing the first few notes. Soul means an abundance of empathy between the player and the bow.
Every element of my bows is handmade by me from materials of the highest quality.
I use no bought-in or semi-finished parts except the adjuster screw.
All this individual preparation of parts inevitably makes for a significantly longer build-time, but results in bows with originality, personality and individuality.
This is especially true when they are made to specific order, as I much prefer, after thorough consultation with the player. We discuss specific requirements (which can include the need to match with a particular instrument and its characteristics), and aspirations - what it is the player hopes the Howard Green bow will help them achieve. As a cellist myself, I have the player's understanding of the complexities which a bow must handle, and as a maker the satisfaction of these (sometimes contradictory) requirements gives me my greatest pleasure.
Working to make a bow in harmony with both player and instrument inspires me; and to all the many string players for whom I have achieved this goal, I thank you for your trust and look forward to a beautiful future, cntinuing to make bows for great musicians, and enabling their music to resonate in our age.