L’Archet is a comprehensive encyclopedia of French bow makers that brings together years of research in three expansive volumes, telling you everything you need to know about the lives and work of these craftsmen, their brands and the characteristics of their bows.
The authors, Bernard Millant, Jean-François Raffin, Bernard Gaudfroy and Loïc Le Canu, consider 116 bow makers in great detail. The characteristics of their style and even the subtleties of their technique – metalwork, finishing methods, structural elements – are all discussed. The quality and depth of detail offered by the photographs is outstanding. The authors also take you deep within the bow, with numerous angled images of heads, buttons and frogs, both on and off the stick, that reveal to the reader the working practices of each maker analyzed.