What we call the “style” of a bow describes a set of
design characteristics that identifies the aesthetics
of an artist, independently from any stamped mark. Expert
attribution of bows is based largely on recognizing
these traits (shape, inclination of lines, chamfers,
etc.) with a focus on heads and frogs.
Each important bow maker of the past created his personal model
distinctive from that of other makers. A “personal model” combines a “style” and a set of technical characteristics in a bow. To an
untrained eye the differences may be subtle, but to
professional and experts they are as
unique as signatures. A skilled
bowmaker’s design evolves throughout his life while
keeping a fundamentally constant core that represents
the essence of his artistic personality.
By the time he was named Best Artisan of France,
Benoît Rolland had already developed his personal
model. Continuous study of the old masters is central
to his evolving design. At various stages in his
development, the styles of Dominique Peccatte,
François-Xavier Tourte and Nicolas Maire have
influenced his bows. He now likes it to simply convey
a strong and sober feel. Beyond aesthetics, Rolland
bows uniqueness lays in their playability and sound
Hallmarks of the great French tradition are evident in
every Rolland bow: elegance, purity, strength of line,
feel and response. Benoît Rolland is considered as
both heir and innovator of this French school, because
he has combined continuity of tradition, artistry and
creativity. Over more than 1,800 bows, Rolland
demonstrated how heritage and innovation can coexist
in the most traditionalist of arts.
In 2008 Benoît Rolland created a new line of Pernambuco bows: the Signature line. These bows, which offer an extended playing and sound potential in selected woods, complement the wide range of playing styles that the Rolland bows already proposed.