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Brazilian born, Marco Raposo studied bow making at the university of New Hampshire, in the United States, and decided to establish his workshop in the high mountains of Brazil's Atlantic Forest, in the village of Domingos Martins - ES, home of the precious Pernambuco wood - Pau-Brasil. "Marco Raposo Bows", established in 1995, manufactures the finest quality bows for violin, viola, cello and bass, for professionals and advanced students. Their goal is to assure quality to customers and protect the environment. The company operates a sizable production facility and manages a large neighboring area of forested land, which will eventually serve as a perpetual resource for the enterprise. They maintain a policy of sustainable development and work closely with forestry officials to ensure that it will continue to grow in an environmentally sound manner. A Marco Raposo Bow is the result of careful planning and development. Mr. Raposo views the bow making process in its totality and works to ensure that all phases and elements of production are optimized to create a product of international distinction. The work begins with studies of the soil that will nourish the precious Pernambuco wood, the main raw material, (only mature trees that are over thirty years old are used) and includes meticulous attention to the bow's acclimatization phase during the final stage of production. These studies led Raposo Bows to a Reforestation Project, which will protect a natural resource for future generations.