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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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Oleksandr Smykovskyi is a Ukrainian violin maker that was forced to leave everything behind. His shop and all materials were destroyed by the war being fought in Ukraine. A young violinist named Nadia Sayed has started a GoFundMe page to help support Smykovskyi. You can read more about this story and find the link to the GoFundMe page at #violin #violinmaking #violinmaker #violinmakers #craftsmanship #luthier #ukraine #ukrainwar #ukrainian #hope #support


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