Bow Maker
Sergio Chanquia

France, Paris

Sergio Alejandro Chanquia, originally from Argentina, began his career in the world of craftsmanship and music studying at the BELE violin making school in Bilbao. He moved to Paris in 2013 to undergospecialized training at the Raffin's workshop, where he immersed himself in the art of crafting and restoring bows for nearly eight years. In 2020, Sergio decided to establish his own workshop, SACh Archetier, in Maisons Laffitte, France, where he continues to uphold the traditional French method of bowmaking with precision and dedication.Read more

Short Bio

Full Name: Sergio Chanquia


Experience: 16 Years

New making style: n/a


French bow-making expertise

Experience with antique masterpieces

Music background

Teaching experience

Locally making

France, Paris

Maker Background

Sergio Alejandro Chanquia, born in Argentina, embarked on a journey of artistic and musical exploration that eventually led him to the world of French bowmaking. Beginning his studies in 2008, he dedicated himself to the craft, honing his skills and passion over the years.

After three years of intensive study, Sergio earned his violin maker diploma from the BELE violin making school in Bilbao, Basque Country, in 2011. Eager to delve deeper into the intricacies of bowmaking, he relocated to Paris in 2013 to pursue specialized training at the esteemed S. Raffin workshop. Over the course of nearly eight years, Sergio immersed himself in the art of crafting and restoring bows, mastering both traditional techniques and modern innovations.

His dedication and talent did not go unnoticed, as he was appointed Chef d'atelier in 2016, taking on a leadership role while continuing to create exquisite bows. However, in August 2020, Sergio made the bold decision to embark on his own venture, opening the SACh Archetier workshop in Maisons Laffitte, just outside Paris. Here, he continues his dedication to the traditional French method of bowmaking, crafting exceptional bows with precision and passion.

Maker Interview

What is your inspiration?

I try to work in a way that each bow is different, as I think that following the same model or inspiration reduces the possibilities of expression and in this way I can make a conjugate different styles of the same school. The models I like are , Tourte , Peccatte , Pajeot , Persoit and then from there, I make a draw of what I feel and try to express it, always knowing that I do not make copies. In this way I can create/manufacture freely always respecting of course the mechanics of the bow. Weight, balance, flexibility and playability.

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