Blaise Emmelin | bow Maker

1988-1991: After four years of cabinet making, I was apprenticed to Pierre Guillaume in the renowned Maison Bernard in Brussels where I learned bow making, repairing, restoration and expertise in older bows.


1991-1998: Worked together with Tom Wilder and Richard Davis, violin makers in Montreal where I studied the mechanics of sound and instrument adjustment.


1994-1998: Collaborated with Günter Siefert, violin maker, in Dijon. I also accepted my first apprentice, Jancsi Roth.


1998- : Close collaboration with Robert Pierce, bow maker, in Brussels. We set up the Atelier Flagey as a shared enterprise and were later joined by Catherine Janssens and Joanne Van Bosterhaut, violin makers and Daoudi Hassoun and Victor Bernard, bow makers. The Atelier Flagey now organises international events to promote contemporary violin and bow making.


2003-2OO9: Worked with Xavier Walger, violin maker in Toulouse. I trained and subsequently worked together with Eric Gagné.


2010-2013: Shared a workshop with Hervé Lahoun, guitar maker at Salles sur l’Hers.


 Since 2014: Established workshop in Port-Vendres.

Inspired by the great French masters of the 19th and 20th centuries and by all the craftsmen I've met along the way, I create and construct bows from choice Pernambuco in the traditional manner but innovative at the same time in my more personal models.



Mention spéciale pour un archet de violon / Special mention for a violin bow, Concours international de lutherie et d'archèterie de la ville de Paris, 1991


6 Rue Pierre Rameil

FR – 66660 Port-Vendres

T +33 6 68 70 01 59