bow was designed for luthier David Prentice's viola. The stick
is round, and the adjusting screw is made of ebony and silver. The
ebony nut is ornamented with a mother-of-pearl eye.
Pernambuco wood, ebony, silver, mother-of-pearl, bone, leather, horsehair
Brand: "F Malo à Montreal"
A cellist by training, François Malo cites his curiosity as
a musician as the reason for his entry into the world of bow making.
After studying for a year in Québec with the Strasbourg bow maker
Yves Matter, he decided to broaden his knowledge in France. Finding
a teacher in the closed community of bow makers is no mean feat.
However, with his bows tucked resolutely under his arm, François
Malo managed to convince more than one master bow maker to accept
him as an apprentice. He obtained three Canada Council grants which
enabled him to study with Gilles Duhaut in Mirecourt (the French
capital of stringed-instrument making), William Salchow in New
York, and the renowned Stéphane Thomachot in Paris. To date,
François Malo has made nearly three hundred bows. His clients
include musicians from major Canadian and American orchestras, in
Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland,
to name but a few.