Traveling with a bow and instrument has becoming increasingly difficult and even dangerous for those containing CITES listed or banned materials. Cut through the paperwork and worry with a bow specifically designed to allow you to travel with ease across international borders.

Ivory Frog Tortishell Whalebone

Bison Horn Frog Mother of Pearl Synthetic Opal


Ivory, Tortoiseshell, and Whalebone are just a few of the commonly used bow making materials that are tightly regulated by international law. Our bows use materials such as bison horn, silver, gold, mother of pearl, and synthetic opal.

Why a Michael Vann International Bow

Each bow is made with the same care and quality craftsmanship found in all Michael Vann bows. The sticks are traditional Pernambuco with frogs of either ebony or bison horn. The finishings can be gold, silver, silk, synthetic whalebone, bison horn, mother of pearl and synthetic opal. View our gallery of currently available bows below.

Violin bow with bison horn
Viola bow with ebony
Cello bow with ebony

More Information

Find more information on common bow making materials currently listed under CITES.

CITES Restricted Materials

Read more about how international regulations can affect you and how to find out more in Canada.

CITES and International Travel