Oral History Information
Sebastian Dirr has relatives that play string instruments professionally, so it was only natural that they welcomed it when Sebastian decided to become a bow maker. After studying musicology, he started an apprenticeship at Paesold in 1988. Sebastian specializes in modern and historic bows. For Sebastian, the wood of a bow is most important, and he sources much of it from colleagues who are retiring. Sebastian is a founding member of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative (I.P.C.I.) which was founded with the goal to protect existing trees and to ensure future supplies by planting new Pernambuco trees in cooperation with scientists in Brazil.