Keith Sleeman violin bow
Contemporary British bow maker and restorer Keith Howard Sleeman (b. 1955) has over 40 years of experience building and restoring bows. He began making bows at age 16, copying 19th century French models, and later trained with acclaimed bow maker Malcolm Taylor (1934–2012), who had worked for the famous W. E. Hill & Sons workshop.
From his vast research and experimentation, Sleeman has developed his own unique bow making methods for building modern bows influenced by François Tourte, Étienne Pajeot, François Nicolas Voirin, and Dominique Peccatte as well as replicas of historical models from the Baroque and Classical periods. His bows are owned by top string players throughout the world, including Mischa Maisky, Sergiu Luca, Pieter Schoeman of the London Philharmonic, and Liz Green of the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra. He currently works from Salon des Archets, his studio in Barcelona, Spain, where he performs restoration work, builds bows on commission, and oversees the production of a line of bows offered at more affordable prices.