David Russell Young viola bow
Formerly one of the world's most highly regarded guitar luthiers with star clients including Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard, and Keith Richards, David Russell Young turned to bow making in the 1980s.
Young's violin and cello bows have won numerous awards in international competitions, including the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers competitions of 1984 and 1986, the Mittenwald International Violin and Bow Making competitions of 1993 and 1997, and multiple competitions held by the Violin Society of America between 1984 and 1996, where he took the Gold Medal for Viola Bow in 1988.
Young is also the author of The Steel String Guitar: Construction and Repair, one of the first and most important books on how to build a steel string guitar.
He currently builds, repairs, and restores bows from his studio in Longmont, Colorado.