Renaissance Viol bows made by Coen Engelhard
I started making renaissance viol bows when I got my first renaissance viol, a beautiful alto viol made by Pierre Thouvenot. He suggested trying Acacia wood, which I did and it turned out to be so gorgeous for bow making that I never found a better option and even play the other viols and the cello with these bows.
The wood comes from the forest where I live, at the feet of the French Pyrenees. Its Latin name is Robinia pseudoacacia. It is very resistant and has a direct sound, with the black hair it gives the bow a nice ‘bite’.
25 years of viol playing and teaching at the ‘Conservatoire de Toulouse’ from 1996 to 2015 help me test every bow extensively.
Here I play the renaissance bass viol made by Pierre Thouvenot in 2010.
Most of the time I live in France, but I am regularly in Holland, where I come from. You will find more information on my personal website www.coenengelhard.com .
tel 0033 677 797 089