Formerly an engineer and fretted instrument maker, American bow maker David William Halsey (b. 1943) became interested in bow making through William Salchow's workshop in New York. While also working in violin restoration, Halsey studied with Salchow throughout the 1980s, then moved to Brooklin, Maine to establish his own business in 1990. In 2008, Halsey returned to his native Michigan, where he currently builds bows from his studio in Schoolcraft. Halsey has received numerous recognitions for his bows at the Violin Society of America competitions, including a Gold medal in 1992 for a violin bow, Gold for a cello bow in 2000, the Berend Möller Memorial Award for a violin bow in 2002, and several certificates of merit for violin, viola, and cello bows between 1994 and 2012. Halsey's bows are owned by professional players worldwide.