The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers was founded in 1980 to provide the musical community with a standard of work and expertise upon which they could depend. The Federation’s mission is to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of the violin and bow families, and of related areas of expertise, including the making of new instruments, as well as conservation and restoration of historical and modern instruments. Now numbering over 170 of the finest makers, dealers and restorers in the United States and Canada, the Federation has strict requirements for membership. In addition to submitting an example of his or her work for review, a prospective member must have at least nine years of experience working in the profession.
Making and caring for fine instruments and bows require the highest levels of training and ethical standards. The Federation has addressed this concern by instituting its own Code of Ethics, designed to ensure that your valuable investment will be properly maintained.
The art of violin and bow making represents a body of knowledge that has been handed down for centuries from one generation to the next. The members of the Federation actively work to continue this tradition through biennial meetings, lectures and seminars, exhibitions, publications, and concerts. The Federation has compiled a photographic archive of the finest works of the masters of the craft. The archive constitutes an extensive database that provides the membership with an unprecedented resource on which to draw.