One of the central figures in French bowmaking, Joseph Alfred Lamy, began his studies at the age of 12 with Husson, and later Arthur Vigneron. In 1876, at the age of 26, he began an apprenticeship with Voirin, later becoming his assistant. Voirin was to have tremendous influence on Lamy’s work, both in artistic concept and execution. Upon Voirin’s death in 1885, Lamy set up his own workshop in Paris, beginning a flourishing career as an independent bowmaker. He won silver medal in the 1889 Paris exposition and gold medal in the 1900 Paris exposition. He also taught his son, Hippolyte Camille Lamy the art, as well as Eugene Sartory. This Lamy will make a very fine player's bow; both nimble and strong.