Renowned American bow maker Paul Martin Siefried (1950 - 2019) began his training as a violin maker in 1970 in San Francisco, California, then turned to bow making while working in Hans Weisshaar's workshop in Los Angeles. After sweeping the 1978 Violin Society of America competition with three gold medals, and winning another three gold medals in 1980, he was designated "hors concours" by the VSA and served as a judge at subsequent competitions. In 1983, Siefried opened his own business in Los Angeles, before relocating in 1991 to Port Townsend, Washington, a bow-making mecca and home to numerous esteemed bow makers. Siefried currently builds and restores bows, while also enthusiastically sharing his art with emerging makers. His bows are highly desirable among professional players.