David Hawthorne learned bowmaking initially from William Salchow in the 1980s and later spent time at the workshop of Stéphane Thomachot in Paris. He worked at Reuning and Sons for eight years. He has made a number of baroque bows as well as modern. Many of his bows are played by top professionals: Malcolm Lowe, Matt Haimovitz, Norman Fischer, Greg Beaver, Bayla Keyes, Mark Churchill, Nadia Sirota, Aisslinn Nosky, Jaap Schroeder, Daniel Stepner, Rosemary Harbison, Cynthia Roberts, and many more.
Mr. Hawthorne has taught at the North Bennett St. School for over twenty years, and has taught many workshops in bow making, both at North Bennett and elsewhere. He has degrees from Berklee and New England Conservatory, and it is this musical training that informs his bowmaking. He is also a composer of concert music and jazz.
He has won many awards for his bows, including numerous certificates since 2002 from the VSA, and a silver medal from Mittenwald. He is the Vice President of the American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers.