When Benoît Rolland conceived Spiccato® in the early
1980’s, his project was twice ground-breaking:
he was creating the technology for the first
carbon fiber bow of concert quality at a
time when luthiers and musicians strongly favored classicism;
moreover, he invented what seemed then impossible: an invisible
mechanism allowing the musician to adjust at will the
camber of the bow.
Totally innovative in both domains, Spiccato® was a
success. Though this was a titanic and
exhausting venture for Benoît, it allowed him to
approach bow making from a scientific stand-point and to run
systematical analyses of the comportment and
fundamental structure of the Bow.
This greatly enriched his experience as a maker and
deepened his understanding of the French traditional
bow-making. Building upon his synthesis of historical
and new knowledge, Benoît went further in his own
creation of fine wood bows, harmonizing experience of
the hand, sensation and scientific understanding.