Nicole Descloux crafts unique bows which reflect her gift for truly listening to musicians’ wishes, in a quest for perfection that is constant and passionate. She is the bridge, the link, the juncture where the raw material awaiting discovery meets the hand of the artist who will ease its vibration and emotion into this world. Her bows have been my companions for many years now and I am very pleased to recommend her talent and wonderful skills. Raphaël Oleg
in the city of Mirecourt, the cradle of the modern bow, thus carrying on the tradition
which is the pride and joy of the French school of bow-making.
She has been crafting bows for the quartet of string instruments
– violin, viola, cello and double bass – since 1993.
Nicole Descloux, bowmaker
Nicole Descloux makes bows for professional musicians and students at music academies alike.
She will listen to each of them and give them the time needed to fine-tune their bow according to their touch and to their expectations.
In turn, she draws inspiration from the musicians’ comments on the way their bow feels when they play: “strong attack”, “high degree of precision”, “stable, reliable, good hold, sensitive”, “the bow is both flexible and responsive, and sticks to the string from frog to tip”, “it plays by itself”, “warm, generous sound” – those are the qualities sought by Nicole and quoted time and again by the artists who use her bows.