Michel Proulx, archetier







A luthier for nearly forty years, I have been a bowmaker in Montpellier (Hérault) for the last ten years.
My early training was with the Italian master luthier SIlvio de Lellis, whom I met in Montréal (Québec), in 1973.
A few years later, the harpsichordist Scott Ross incited me to fork over to harpsichord making, although I never really quit violin and instruments making.

Diverse circumstances made that I would settle in Montpellier at the beginning of the '80ies.
In 1990, I undertook universitary studies in History, which concluded with a Master's degree (the result being, incidentally, a biography of Scott Ross).
But then, teaching not truly being my cup of tea, I wondered about my priorities. It is the incitement of my old friend and colleague, the luthier Frédéric Becker, that I took early and baroque bowmaking. Bowmaking was a part of my trade, it coincided with my musical interests and I could in this benefit from Fr. Becker of a very efficient refresh of my skills.
I must also thank Pascal Camurat for his precious advice, as well as those luthiers and bowmakers with whom I could exchange tips.
The contribution of the musicians whom I met has been extremely precious to me, in a measure which could sometimes astonish them, even.

In short, I'm living an adventure ("We are plain quiet folks and I have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing things!"), rich, fun and, I'll say it again, precious ("Precioussssss!"). So many thanks to you, therefore, for your contribution to it.

de Lellis
Silvio de Lellis,