"A bow is an extension of the hand. The violin is the soul of the player. But the bow is the connection to the instrument. There are things about the wood that we just don't know … I intuit what will be a good bow and I make the bow to the best of my abilities. But beyond that, there is this mystical quality about wood that I don't think anyone understands. It's a relationship between the violin, the player and the bow and each relationship is entirely unique. You can take one bow and give it to another player on another instrument and it doesn't work. So, there is some magic that happens, some quality in the wood that interacts with the player and the instrument to create this balance of playability and sound. I don't think any maker can quantify what that is. It's just something that we feel and the musician feels and the instrument also reacts to that."

Ole Kanestrom


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