THE MAKERS' FORUM
PLATFORM DEDICATED TO THE
MAKING OF CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTS AND BOWS
Reid Hudson was born in Toronto in 1952 and studied double bass as a teenager with Tom Monohan, who introduced him to Joseph Kun, a Czech violin and bow maker. Reid moved to Ottawa to follow an old-style European apprenticeship with Kun, focusing primarily on bowmaking. He has always appreciated the craftsmanship of the old makers and was particularly drawn to the work of Joseph Arthur Vigneron.
In 1980 Reid moved to rural Vancouver Island where he concentrated on making bows. He thinks bows should work as well as being aesthetically pleasing. “Many of the traditional materials are now protected and I am always looking for new, natural materials to use. As well as the traditional ebony, I make frogs of translucent horn and mammoth tusk from the Canadian arctic.” Even pernambuco is getting more difficult to find, but luckily Reid has a lifetime supply, and he makes gold mounted frogs for particularly good sticks.
One of his bows is in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Reid has taught bowmaking workshops in the US and Japan, and his bows are in symphonies around the world.