Cody Kowalski

Bow Maker

Cody Kowalski grew up in an artistic family on a small island near Port Townsend, Washington. At a young age, he revealed a natural adeptness for creating with his hands and, at the age of twelve, had the opportunity to visit bow maker Charles Espey, with whom he began learning woodworking and jewelry making techniques. A year later, this informal learning experience developed into the project of making his first violin bow.

Kowalski continued to make bows under Espey’s guidance throughout his years of high school, and traveled to Ireland and France to meet European bow makers in 2013. Kowalski’s current work is influenced by both traditional and modern styles.


Violin Society of America (VSA) International Competition 2016

Violin Bow – Gold Medal
Viola Bow – Gold Medal
Cello Bow – Gold Medal

1st International Darling Bow Making Competition – Amsterdam 2016

Viola Bow – Grand Prix for Workmanship
Cello Bow – Grand Prix for Workmanship