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American Federation of
Violin and Bow Makers

Dedicated to the Ethical Practice of Craftsmanship, Conservation, Education, Expertise, and Outreach

The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers is comprised of over 170 of the finest makers, dealers and restorers in the United States and Canada.

Member Directory

Our members meet high standards of excellence in workmanship and experience. They also are committed to adhere to our mission and code of ethics.

Musicians and Instrument owners are invited to consult our Member Directory for purchases, restoration, or appraisals.

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Members share, network and learn through Federation meetings, events, concerts, and publications. We also curate a large photographic archive.

Makers, restorers and dealers can apply here.

Advocacy and Outreach

We support and initiate projects and policy that promote the betterment of the music community and the world at large.  Read more about our involvement with conserving endangered species, documenting the history of the American Violin, and our other projects.

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2 days ago

Damien Crutcher with Detroit Harmony, a program created by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, took to social media to ask for instrument donations. Detroit Harmony is a program that works to provide instruments and music instruction to children in the Detroit area. His post went viral and people all over the country are reaching out hoping to get their children involved. To read more about the situation or to inquire about a donation, check out the link below. Link: #violin #cello #viola #music #musician #musiceducation #detroitsymphonyorchestra #detroitharmony

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7 days ago

We are grateful for our members, our families, and our community. Happy Thanksgiving to all! #thanks #thanksgiving #thanksgiving2023 #givethanks #violin #cello #viola

1 week ago

For today's Member Monday we would like to highlight AFVBM member, Stacey Styles. As a cellist, Stacey was exposed to the string instrument family at an early age and began learning repair work in 1990. She studied with Maestro Hans J. Nebel and became an independent instrument restorer in 1995. She is a regular participant of the Oberlin Violin Making Workshops and the Restoration Seminars in West Dean, England. For more information, check out her website and blog linked below! Link: #violin #woodworking #violinmakers #luthier #craftsmanship #MemberMonday #membermonday #restoration


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