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Dear Customers

We currently have 4 weeks waiting period.  Place your orders well in advance so not to be disappointed!

You may not know that we pick ALL orders on a "first come first served" basis, and the time taken for a single 500g bundle can be as long as 4-5 hours, we DO NOT carry ready picked stock. So please expect a wait. Thank you.
We will not rush just to complete the orders quickly!

50% - 50% Root to Tip 78cm 500g bundles.
We have 3 x 500g 78cm of these "Root to Tip" bundles for sale, they are compiled of Blue, Canadian, and our Gold String brands. The price is £296 plus postage and V.A.T. where applicable.

 

"GOLD STRING"

This will only be available in one size only, 33" in 125G, 250g and 500g bundles. **ORDERS NOW TAKEN** We can also supply single hanks at £18.50 (violin) £22 (cello) and £25 (bass).

 
About Us

A Family business committed to producing the worlds finest quality bow hair.

 Michael snr, Michael jnr & Mark
Michael snr, Michael jnr & Mark

Our expertise in dressing hair for the bow trade is unsurpassed and we can guarantee you that every bundle of white bow hair is worked on and picked for many hours to assure that you get the highest quality and value for money.


Our prices justify the honesty and dedication we put into the task of horsehair dressing.

There are many companies and individuals around the world who supply bow hair and claim that ‘theirs is the best that money can buy’. They often make unfounded statements about its origins and properties. If you were to ask them to take out all the damaged, kinky, chalky and curly hairs and tie the bundle back up, this might prove difficult, simply because they are merchants and not horsehair dressers. These merchants are in the market solely to buy as cheap as they can, and then sell for as much as possible. This can sometimes mean profits of up to 700% from buying hair and selling it on.

Hello, I'm Michael T. Sowden, a Yorkshire man born on 4th July 1944 who started work as a horse hair dresser at 15 years old. I am now 68 and have therefore spent 53 years at my trade.

I have 3 sons, Michael Jnr, Mark and Phillip, who all began working and training with me when they left school in order to carry on this very rare trade when I retire. Mark has gone on to other pastures new and Phillip has his own business as a tree surgeon. Michael will be taking over the business in the near future as I'm now semi retired. I will be here for a few years, they can't get rid of me that easily. L.O.L

 

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Michael T. Sowden


Our expertise in dressing hair for the bow trade is unsurpassed and we can guarantee you that every bundle of white bow hair is worked on and picked for many hours to assure that you get the highest quality and value for money. Our prices justify the honesty and dedication I put into the task of horsehair dressing.

 

Our own brands of bow hair have now become very famous throughout the world. We have increased our sales to over 100 Kilos of bow hair per month supplying 46 different Countries around the World.

Click on 'HISTORY' to read about the history of the Sowden surname.