Baroque violin bow by Ken Millard, circa 1980

Baroque violin bow by Ken Millard, circa 1980

About Ken Millard

Ken Millard achieved a reputation as one of the world's finest Baroque bow makers, despite also being a physicist and a prominent environmental campaigner! Having achieved his PhD in statistical mechanics, Millard then studied at the Violin Making School of America in his 30s, later completing an apprenticeship with the violin maker Anton Smith. His interest in early Baroque music quickly led to him completing lots of original research on the design of early bows. This coincided with the burgeoning interest in period performance and Millard's bows quickly became highly sought-after by some of the world's top historical performers.

Unfortunately, Millard developed an allergy to certain kinds of wood and was forced to abandon his career as a luthier. He then founded the Galiano Conservancy Association in 1989, managing to protect hundred of acres of land on Galiano Island before his death in 2015.

About the violin bow

This bow was made around 1980 and is a short bow of the kind sometimes referred to as a Monteverdi bow.

The bow is made of ironwood. It weighs 41 grams and measures 628 mm in length.

How does it play?

This is a little race car of a bow, absolutely brilliant in fast passages! It creates a pure sound which is more full than we would have guessed.


The bow is in superb original condition.

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