Marco Raposo Bows employs elements of both French and German traditions in manufacturing the bows. The result hybrid production style incorporates the best of each method, combining subtle handwork with precise machine work. The company production philosophy is a of balance between traditional and contemporary technique. When you purchase a Marco Raposo Bow you are investmenting in quality product and the protection a rare wood species so critical to the future of music.
We believe that bow making is an art form. Like all artists, our craftsmen are constantly working to improve their skills and technique.
Our staff is hired locally expressing the social-cultural commitment towards the community. They receive basic musical education and complete a rigorous training program under one of our master craftsmen. It takes an average of five years for a new bowmaker to complete their apprenticeship and enjoy the privilege of signing their a bows.
We have created an incentive program for our staff, based on exchanging knowledge with local and overseas communities, developing programs and identifying potential artists who can add up to our team. They receive training with well known bowmaker working with the German and French tradition, guiding them for their full professionals.
We only use mature Pernambuco trees, that are over thirty years old. Once a tree is selected, the heartwood is extracted from the core. The wood must have straight veins and be free of knots in order to be used for bows.
Cores are classified according to their weight and density for use in the manufacturing of bows for violin, viola, cello and bass. Once the wood is classified according to a specific instrument, it is divided into lots, which are then dated and taken for drying.
Crafted with Love
The bow is bent by hand using fire. This process is extremely delicate and requires a very skilled hand and eye to ensure the proper curve and the straightness of the bow.The bending process determines the bow's tension and playability.