William Watson (bow maker)

William D Watson (1930 – 2018) was an English bow maker. The last pupil of William Retford, William Watson worked for the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons from 1945 to 1962. He continued to make exemplary bows after leaving the firm and built a reputation as an authority on the history of British bow making. His bows for Hill are stamped with the number 7. He lived in Falmouth, Cornwall.


  • Profile at Hill Bows
  • Bows and Bowmakers - W.C. Retford 1964
  • W.E. Hill & Sons (A Tribute)- Richard Sadler 1996 ISBN 0-9504357-2-4
  • Roda, Joseph (1959). Bows for Musical Instruments. Chicago: W. Lewis. OCLC 906667.