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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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Our next online gathering will be presented by Yung Chin. The talk will be about Sartory, with a focus on the maker’s early bows.Thursday 12 May at noon ET, 11am CT, 10am MT, and 9am PTPlease check the latest AFVBM newsletter for the Zoom link. #afvbm
Meet Dan Weisshaar, a California-based member, and the secretary of our Board of Directors!Born into a family of violin makers, Dan had always assumed he’d learn the family trade. Yet as a young adult, he was encouraged to pursue other academic interests. During a year off before graduate school, he began working in his parents’ shop. If he was serious about learning the skills of a luthier, he’d need to either go to a school, like his parents and grandfather had in Mittenwald, or study with a master. He chose the latter, and worked with Bernard Camurat in Montigny-sur-Loing, France. Upon returning to the United States, he worked in Chicago for Michael Becker, and later went back to California where he’s been working at the family shop ever since.Dan’s work consists mainly of repairing, restoring and dealing instruments. When the pandemic hit, his parents stepped back from the shop, and Dan took over running the business, with lots of support from his wife Marla.Being a member of the AFVBM is particularly important to Dan. Not only were his father and grandfather founding members of the federation, but he also sees the membership as a rite of passage for professional violin and bow makers, much like a degree might be in other fields. Participating in biennial meetings are his favourite part: building relationships with colleagues, learning from each other, and doing business with them. Dan has also sat on the federation’s Board of Directors since 2014. You can find Dan most days at M and R Weisshaar & Son Violin Shop in Costa Mesa, California. #
Join us in helping prevent the poaching of pernambuco.  #pernambuco #illegalpoaching #afvbm #bowmakers #luthier #archetier
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