- Jaak Liivoja-Lorius
Swiss bow makers. Siegfried Finkel (b 1927) was apprenticed in Markneukirchen to Paul Weidhaas (whose daughter he married) and later joined his workshop there. Ewald Weidhaas, father of Paul, can be regarded as the first in this line of bow makers, of which Siegfried Finkel’s son, Johannes S. Finkel (b 1947), forms the fourth generation. Both German and French influences are evident in the Finkels’ work (Ewald Weidhaas had been apprenticed to Hermann Pfretzschner, and Paul had worked with Victor Fétique in Paris before returning to Markneukirchen to set up his own workshop). In 1952 Siegfried established his workshop in Brienz. His bows are exceptionally well made and are usually a somewhat stocky interpretation of the Peccatte model. Many are stamped, in rather small type, s.finkel/swiss made.
At the age of 17 Johannes Finkel began a three-year apprenticeship with his father in Brienz. He then worked for Beare in London (...