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Marco Raposo employs elements of both the French and German traditions in the manufacturing of its bows. The resulting hybrid production style incorporates the best of each method, combining subtle handwork with precise machine work. Thus the company's production philosophy is one of balance between traditional and contemporary production techniques. When you purchase a Marco Raposo bow you investment in both a fine quality product and the protection of a rare wood species so critical to the future of music.
Hand-Picked

Hand-Picked

We use only mature Pernambuco trees that are over thirty years old. Once a tree is selected, the heartwood is extracted from the core. The wood must have straight veins and be free of knots in order to be used for bows.

Finely Tuned

Finely Tuned

Cores are classified according to their weight and density for use in the manufacturing of bows for violin, viola, cello and bass. Once the wood is classified according to a specific instrument, it is divided into lots, which are then dated and taken for drying.

Crafted with Love

Crafted with Love

The bow is then bent by hand using fire. This process is extremely delicate and requires a very skilled hand and eye to ensure the proper curve and the straightness of the bow.
The bending process determines the bow's tension and playability.

Our Story

Our Story

Brazilian born, Marco Raposo studied bow making at the university of New Hampshire, in the United States, and decided to establish his workshop in the high mountains of Brazil's Atlantic Forest, in the village of Domingos Martins - ES, home of the precious Pernambuco wood - Pau-Brasil.

"Marco Raposo Bows", established in 1995, manufactures the finest quality bows for violin, viola, cello and bass, for professionals and advanced students. Our goal is to assure quality to our customers and protect the environment.

The company operates a sizable production facility and manages a large neighboring area of forested land, which will eventually serve as a perpetual resource for the enterprise. We maintain a policy of sustainable development and work closely with forestry officials to ensure that it will continue to grow in an environmentally sound manner.

The mission of Marco Raposo Bows is to inspire conservation of our forests.

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