I think we're taking bowmaking to new places. The craft still resonates in that period of French history that created the modern bow. But to say that I make something off a model of a French maker, that's not entirely true because it is my own. As a contemporary maker, I also want to express my style, my interpretation.
Norwegian-born Ole Kanestrom resides in Port Townsend, Washington, a town affectionately dubbed as the “Mirecourt of American Bowmaking” where he has practiced his craft since 1996. Musicians at the top of their game seek Kanestrom bows for their elegant style, sound, and playability.
Kanestrom studied bowmaking under Charles Espey and continued his education in restoration and conservation of historically significant bows with former shop-mate Paul Siefried. He passed his AFVM Journeyman exam in 2004 and is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers.