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William Watson RIP

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Bill Watson will rightly be remembered as the last living link with the bowmaking tradition of the House of Hill.

But he began his work with Hills as a case maker and it was in that context that most of our conversations took place.

He recalled how the return of staff after WW11 brought with it great technical innovation to the Hanwell workshop. The invention of 'beetle  cement' and lamination technology aimed at producing lighter and faster aircraft enabled his friend Ken Turtle to develop stronger and better cases which served as model for later generations of instrument cases.

When I approached him about 5 years ago about making something for me (I have an early Watson bow which is my standard 'go to' playing bow) he laughed and said he had just finished making a bow box and wouldn't be able to take on any new commissions for about 5 years! Even in retirement his time and work was eagerly sought.

What a fascinating and wonderful person he was. He will be much missed.

Glenn

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2 hours ago, GlennYorkPA said:

Bill Watson will rightly be remembered as the last living link with the bowmaking tradition of the House of Hill.

 

There are other living former Hill’s bow makers are there not?

Andrew

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