Charles Louis Buthod

1810 – 1889


Charles Louis Buthod was one of the most influential bow makers in 19th century France. He was born in 1810 in Mirecourt, France. At the age of 20 he was employed by J.B. Vuillaume, where he specialized in the production of bows. He excelled in the workshop and was eventually appointed foreman. 1840, Buthod returned to Mirecourt to establish his own workshop, where he made bows, violins, and cellos. His work was admired and sold internationally.

In 1848, Buthod met Charles Claude Nicolas Husson. The two luthiers partnered to create the Husson-Buthod workshop. In 1857, they joined Louis Emile Jérôme Thibouville to establish a new workshop which became very successful. In 1866, the company became the Jérôme Thibouville Lamy Workshop. Buthod was the director of the JTL firm for many years.