Born in Chicago in 1893, John Alfred Bolander II was a bowmaker that primarily operated in San Jose, then eventually Santa Cruz, California. In 1943 he learned bowmaking under luthier Alfred Lanini until 1946, where the two started a business together. In 1978, he moved to Santa Cruz.
This gold mount viola bow has a hatchet style head, with a firm stick and eyeless ebony frog. This viola bow was welled played over its lifetime showing decades of wear near the slide track and button.