I initially trained in violin repair and restoration in New Zealand where I lived for six years. While working in a violin shop there (Antonio Strings in Christchurch), I became increasingly fascinated by bows.
I returned to Ireland in 2002 to train as a bowmaker with Noel Burke, and set up my own workshop in 2005.
I am deeply indebted to Noel for the wonderful training I received.
Aside from a year spent working in Paris (at L’Atelier d’Arthur), I have been based in County Mayo, Ireland, ever since.
My violin, viola and cello bows are inspired largely by French bowmaking of the late 1700s, and early to mid 1800s.
Prizes include gold medals for violin, viola, and cello bows at the 2010 VSA Competition, gold medals for violin and viola at the 2012 VSA competition, and Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris for viola bow in 2011.
Services offered at my workshop include rehairing, maintenance and repair, and restoration.
Melcombe, Newport, CO MAYO, Ireland
Contact Gary Leahy
Tel +353 86 306 8084