Suzy Schmitt Bowmaker

Workshop in the city center of Le Mans, France

Creating, maintaining and repairing your violin, viola, cello and doublebass bows


Originating from Alsace, I studied violin making in England, at the Newark International School of Violin Making.

After graduating, I worked and collaborated with several celebrated violin makers in France and Spain but I also worked for an assistance company as well as in vinyards.

I started my training in the professional bow making and repairing trade with Jean Grunberger, during Aladfi trainings, and with Michel Jamonneau ; both world renowned masters of bowmaking.

As from May 2021 I welcome you in the center of Le Mans, France, in my workshop within a coworking center. I chose this address for the lovely working space I occupy and for the social moments I can share on regularly with my coworkers.


A bow, like the instrument it accompanies,  wears with time. It requires an annual check up ; to be repaired or simply because of the natural wear for some parts.

I take time with you to examine your bow, assess your needs as a musician and then establish a quotation for the work needed.

My job is to make sure that your bow, through my hands is rejouvenated. Whether a classic bow rehair or a new head plate is needed, checking the mother of pearl or the lapping, I will  also check on camber or balance issues.


Creating a bow starts with a raw piece of wood. This wood is being sawn into the form of a stick that I then shape using planes, files, knives… The bow stick is then cambered, pierced and the frog and head plate are adjusted to it.

At that stage, a first hair is put on to try the bow so I can then go back to shaping the stick some more

I am still learning the lifelong art of making a bow but here is how I see my job :

Making a new bow requires  exploring the needs of its future owner. I take the time to test the bow on your instrument at my workshop. If necessary, I return it to the bench to get a result that matches your needs as the musician and my obligations as the maker.

Each wood being different, each bow is different and unique.

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