Contemporary American bow maker and restorer Robert Ames (b. 1952) studied and worked with William Salchow in New York, serving as the shop's foreman for many years. He established his own shop in Fort Lee, New Jersey in 1976, and has won awards for his bows in multiple competitions. Ames is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, l'Entente Internationale des Luthiers, and the Violin Society of America. Ames' bows are owned by professional players worldwide.