July 18, 2016 

Ethan Erwin, a freshman at the Baylor College of Dentistry has used his love of the violin and his passion for innovation to radically change how the violin is played. At the age of 17, he patented a violin bow less than twelve inches in length that fits in the palm of one’s hand and allows the instrument to be moved from the shoulder to an abdomen-centered position similar to that of a guitar. The new product is branded as The Short-Bow. 

“This bow is not meant to replace the traditional bow, but rather to compliment an instrument that is already beautiful,” adds the bows inventor. Unique advantages include the ability to more easily sing and play, more bow control in quick, choppy passages, and a more relaxed posture that has allowed disabled musicians to keep at their musical passion. 

Ethan won the Arkansas Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition through the Arkansas Reynold’s Foundation that allowed him to start a business manufacturing his Short-Bows. He partnered with his sister, Susan Erwin, who is an international touring artist. Utilizing the musical knowledge of both of them, Ethan and his sister have been extremely successful manufacturing and promoting their products. They utilize a 3D printer to print the bows in plastic as well as wood. 3D printer filament comprised of wood and polylactic acid has allowed the seemingly impossible to be possible: wooden 3D prints that have all of the characteristics of real wood. Beyond the short bow, consumer requests of other innovative products including a capo designed for the violin and a 3D printed mute have been added to their product line up. More on their business can be found at

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