"I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance." 

                                                                  --- Vincent van Gogh

                                         Important News


Michael Weller and I would like to announce that we are closing our Old Town Alexandria studio at the end of this season. For the past 16 years we have successfully worked together providing you with the finest of repair and restoration services. Now it is time for us to move on to the next phases of our careers.

  • Mr. Weller will be setting up a new workshop at Weaver’s House of Violins in downtown Bethesda, MD.
  • I will be setting up a private workshop here in the Alexandria area.

My new shop will be dedicated almost exclusively to the production of new bows. I am at the height of my skills, have a good stock of rare woods and I am now making some of the most beautiful bows of my career. I'm fortunate to have a wide following of those who seek my work and I look forward to producing even more. As always your commissions are greatly welcomed.


I will also be producing a new edition of The Red Book Auction Guide to be published later this year. The past three editions have sold in more than 30 countries!


In addition I have a patent pending on a new tool for the rehair community that is ready to go into production. I'm excited about it but still have much work to do.


This is the time in my career where I want to concentrate uninterrupted on the artistry of my craft away from  the distractions of a public business. I will continue to do bow rehairs and restorations but only on a very limited basis. Details will come later this summer after I settle into a new work rhythm.. Check my website for future updates.



Please know that I am extremely grateful to all of my customers who have entrusted their bows to me throughout the past 40 years of my career. I could not have imagined working with a finer group of wonderful, talented and dedicated musicians. From rank beginners to renown solo artists you have all been a pleasure to work for. To bring beauty into the world as you do is an important task. It is your legacy to our culture. It is because of you that I have become the craftsman that I am. Thank you!


         But wait, we haven't moved yet. Come see us soon!

                                Last day - Friday, May 19th.


Shop Hours

Wednesday ~ Friday 9:00 to 5:00  

Tuesday by appointment only for drop off or pick up.

Thank you!


"The uglier, older, meaner, iller, poorer I get, the more I wish to take my revenge by doing brilliant color, well arranged, resplendent."  

                                                                  --- Vincent van Gogh

Donald M. Cohen, llc, 705 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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