Cambridge Makers

Cambridge Makers is the collective name for both Cambridge Art Makers and Cambridge Woodwind Makers; two organisations dedicated to encouraging all kinds of making, predominantly through expert led courses.

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COVID-19 announcement

Thanks for all your patience and support whilst we have been navigating the challenges the pandemic has caused.

Although restrictions have been lifted in the UK from the 19th July we respectfully ask that you continue to wear masks when within 6ft of each other and in spaces such as the kitchen and foyer. We continue to have reduced class sizes so social distance can be maintained. We request that the windows and doors are kept open and you continue to was hands, as as per our guidelines: covid-19 guidelines

We're so enjoying the studio being full of life again!

We are sending updates on new courses and covid-19 guidelines via our newsletters which you can sign up to here: Cambridge Art Makers and Cambridge Woodwind Makers

If you aren't ready for in-person courses yet we have a range of activities on our Covid Crafting page here: https://www.cambridgemakers.org/covid-crafting/

You can find covid-19 guidelines for all Cambridge Makers courses via the link here: covid-19 guidelines. These are reviewed and updated as required.

Cambridge Art Makers

Cambridge Art Makers provide facilities for courses in a wide range of media including: textiles & mixed mediadrawingjewellery & silversmithingstained glass , candle making, greenwood working, dyeing, patchwork and quilting and so much more.

The facilities provided by Cambridge Art Makers offer adults an opportunity to express their ideas and creativity in weekly classes and short courses under the guidance of professional artisans.

Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Cambridge Woodwind Makers have created a workshop to preserve and promote the art and artisanship of woodwind instrument making and repair.

The facilities provided by Cambridge Woodwind Makers offer professionals and novices a chance to learn more about how to make and repair instruments. It also offers the general public an opportunity to observe and appreciate the skills used.

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I would like to thank all at Cambridge Woodwind Makers for another enjoyable course. It was great to be back in the workshop and to learn some new techniques. I am pleased with the finished instrument. I haven’t been able to play it yet but I have a reed on order and hope to try it out soon

Baroque Oboe Making with Paul van der Linden, 2016

I really enjoyed the course on recorder knowledge. It was a good reinforcement that what I was doing was correct and also it has challenged me to look further at the instrument and be able to offer further services in my business. Jacqueline is an excellent communicator….

Recorder Knoweldge with Jacqueline Sorel , 2016

Just to say thanks ++ for organising such a superb day yesterday. It is a great testament to what you have achieved that while other courses are closing, you are able to get together such a gathering of top makers and an interested public of all ages in such a splendid workshop. (And that gun drill is wicked!).

Early Instrument Exhibition, 2016

“Thank you very much for this superb course with Paul van der Linden. The oboe made is very nice and works well….really good, nicely made, in tune and easy to play! I have learned a lot of things and would enjoy participating in other courses with Cambridge Woodwind Makers! I was happy to discover you and to work in your nice workshop…I was very happy to work with Paul and Adam, very nice and serious people!”

Baroque Oboe Making with Paul van der Linden, 2018

“Your workshop was a very good place for this kind of activity. I could not ask for anything better. And the lunches were just right!”

Cornetto Making with Sam Goble and Andrew Hallock, 2018

“Thanks for the day Daniel, your style is perfect for me, it was very enabling. I learnt a lot and feel I have the basics to look at repair & maintenance. I am looking forward to tackling the bassoon.”

Repair & Care with Daniel Bangham, 2018

“Thank you so much for a fantastic day last Sunday. I always come away from such a presentation having learned something new. But the thing that impressed me most was your vision in preserving the detailed information on instrument making which could so easily have been lost. The way you managed to purchase workshops intact was truly inspirational. Not only that but it was great talking to you. And the flapjack……”

NAMIR Presentation by Daniel Bangham, 2015

“I still can’t believe how nice you were with me. Once again I would like to thank you for your hospitality, your kindness and to share with me your knowledge and overall, your advice.”

Flute Making, 2016

“Thank you for a wonderful afternoon – I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it! I’m totally in awe of your skill and ingenuity and also relished our wide-ranging discussion.”

Working with Daniel Bangham, 2016

“I am so glad that Sheila provided my introduction to Enamelling. There was a great atmosphere and Sheila was so professional in sharing her knowledge and skills with us and your workshop an ideal venue. I do so hope that there might be a followup “Revisited Course” as I am keen to do more now that the seed is sown.”

Intermediate Enamelling with Sheila McDonald, 2019

“The course was everything you could ask for. I love coming here!”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring 2019

“I have looked for a pattern making course for many years and was delighted to find this one. The venue, teacher and facilities were all excellent.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

“I learnt skills I have wanted to learn for years. Jacqui was brilliant and it was a lovely, friendly atmosphere in a well equipped space.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Cousre, Spring Term 2019

Were you happy with the facilities and equipment provided for the course? “Yes, we had everything we might need, and more!”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

Are you confident that you have achieved the intended outcomes of the course? “Yes – I have an adaptable pattern block and the ability to make variations to it.”

Were you happy with the quality of the teaching you received? “Yes, the tutor was very experienced and confidently assisted each individual with their varied requests.

Were you happy with the facilities and equipment provided for the course? “Yes, the materials required were all provided and all the necessary tools were provided and of good quality.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

“This course was really useful in developing my dressmakers ability and giving me the confidence to adapt patterns as well as create my own. I had a lot of fun and met some very interesting people.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

“Thank you for organising such a great course. I loved it and learned so much.”

Modern Oboe Reed Making & Adjustment, April 2019

“A really enjoyable and productive day, using a technique that was completely new to me”

Monotypes with Sue Jones, April 2019

“Amazing and encouraging. Enough tuition and plenty of time for practice.”

Monotypes with Sue Jones, April 2019

“I had my window fitted into my bathroom door! I’m so excited and absolutely love it. I’m hugely proud of myself as when I started Jill’s classes I ouldn’t even cut a piece of glass straight. The fact that I managed to make a whole window is testament to Jill’s expertise and patience. Please can you thank her profusely as I’m chuffed to pieces that I’ve achieved my little dream. Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome.”

Stained Glass with Jill Fordham, July 2019

“Thank you so much for an amazing couple of weeks! As you know, when I arrived I was somewhat daunted, to say the least! So I am now feeling an enormous sense of pride and achievement. Thanks for your patience, persistence and “gentle” persuasion!”

Classical Clarinet Making with Daniel Bangham, August 2019

“Elia is one of the most talented jewllers that I have had the pleasure of being tutored by.”

Jewellery with Elia Rizzo, July 2019

“The company was great. I learnt a lot and I will be back for this class!”

Modern Calligraphy with Danielle Lummis, June 2019

“Lovely relaxed and friendly environment. Thank you x”

Modern Calligraphy with Danielle Lummis, July 2019

“I would like to thank you for your hospitality while I was with you in Cambridge. I feel very proud to have been on this course with the quality, professionalism and dedication that you demonstrated with Carol and I. We are lucky!!!!

I have returned to my real life to work, but I feel with more energy and motivation to do things. To spend time out of my workshop and to learn from other people is very important for me. This helps a lot for my work daily.

I hope to meet with you on my next course at Cambridge Woodwind Makers!!!!

Once again, thanks a lot.”
Classical Clarinet Making with Daniel Bangham, August 2019

“Thank you for the excellent tuition and hospitality while clarinet making recently. I really did have an amazing time and am now enjoying practicing on the finished instrument!”

Classical Clarinet Making with Daniel Bangham, August 2019

“The facilities were just about right; I didn’t want a pristine, aseptic environment. I wanted to feel I was involved fully and able to make a mess if I needed too!”

Instrument Making with Cambridge Woodwind Makers, August 2019

“I took a break from my workbench to spend an idylic day @cambridgeartmakers in a drawing and watercolour class. Such a creative environment, it’s left me feeling happy, inspired and invigorated!”

Watercolour Flowers with Janet Edwards, September 2019

“It was such an enjoyable day! Thank you SO much for showing me that a piece can be completed in less than a week (or more!) A totally different approach for me and I’m grateful for Janet Edwards’ patience, encouragement and skill.”

Watercolour Flowers with Janet Edwards, September 2019

“The oboe making course with Paul was a fantastic experience and being able to use your workshop with all the necessary machines and tools was a privilege and pleasure.  You have a remarkable place there, a wonderful hub for sharing knowledge.”

Baroque Oboe Making, January 2020

“It looks easy when Elia does the stone setting but there’s a lot to learn!  Elia is a great teacher and made the course both interesting and rewarding.  I can recommend the tutor, course and venue which are all excellent.”

Jewellery & Silversmithing with Elia Rizzo, February 2020

“The Gypsy Stone Setting jewellery course with Elia Rizzo was by far the best short course I have ever done. I am exhausted and delighted!” (she’s done a LOT of good short courses in her time!)

Jewellery & Silversmithing with Elia Rizzo, February 2020

“Fab day, excellent tutor, thanks so much. Fab venue too.”

Wooden Spoon Carving with Olly Moses, August 2020

‘I absolutely loved the candle making, thank you!’

Botanical Candles with Leah Chapman, August 2020

“It was amazing! We both really enjoyed it and Leah was great – we’d love to do more!!”

Botanical Candles with Leah Chapman, August 2020

‘Really enjoyed your class, a great blend of interesting things to do and skills to learn in a relaxing environment with lots of laughter thrown into the mix. Thank you.’

Orchard Haberdashery with Fay Jones, August 2020

“Elia is by far the most inspiring tutor I’ve ever had to work with.”

Jewellery with Elia Rizzo, August 2020

“I had a wonderful time this morning. Studio set up worked perfectly, plenty of space, a joy to be back.”

Textiles & Mixed Media with Gill Collinson, September 2020

“Well, 3rd time lucky and it was worth the wait!

A brief note to express my thanks for the Barrel Workshop last week.  I think you pitched it just right – the emphasis on debate and understanding rather than detailed step-by-step methodical instructions.  For me that was perfect – I needed an understanding of the issues to enable me to talk to and understand more informed barrel specialists.  It would have been too easy to let wood-turning tuition get in the way of the fundamental clarinet/barrel thinking.

The day was well organised, excellent facilities with friendly and accommodating tuition. The flexibility to go “off-topic” and discuss related clarinet issues (pads etc) enhanced the workshop without distracting from the end result. In fact it enhanced the event.”

Clarinet Barrel Experimentation Day with Daniel Bangham, June 2021

“Many thanks for the course yesterday, it was hugely instructive and rewarding. I’d recommend it to anyone even faintly intimidated by their clarinet. Plus, the bass articulation is now considerably quieter, not least because of the custom felt pad you applied.”

Clarinet Repair & Care with Daniel Bangham, June 2021

‘Gill’s Textiles & Mixed Media course has been a highlight of my week and, apart from my family, the thing I missed most during lockdown.’

Textiles & Mixed Media with Gill Collinson, July 2021

‘I enjoyed Helen’s day. She is a super teacher, really kind and totally organised. And I love my box even if it is full of mishaps.’

Japanese Stab Bound Box with Helen Perry, July 2021

All Cambridge Makers’ Upcoming Courses & Events

Mixed Level Jewellery & Silversmithing Evening – May-July 2021

Wed 19th May @ 18:00 - Fri 30th Jul @ 21:00

Afternoon Stained Glass – May-July 2021

Thu 20th May @ 15:30 - Thu 29th Jul @ 18:30

Evening Stained Glass – May-July 2021

Thu 20th May @ 19:15 - Thu 29th Jul @ 21:15

Screen Printing on Fabric Weekly – July-August 2021

Mon 12th Jul @ 09:30 - Mon 9th Aug @ 12:30

Wooden Spoon Carving – July 2021

Sat 31st Jul @ 10:00 - 16:00

Glass Painting – August 2021

Sat 7th Aug @ 10:00 - 16:00

Modern Calligraphy – August 2021

Fri 20th Aug @ 10:00 - 16:00

Brush Lettering – August 2021

Sat 21st Aug @ 10:00 - 16:00

Making your Mark: Exploring Painting – August 2021

Thu 26th Aug @ 10:00 - Fri 27th Aug @ 16:30

Watercolour Flowers – September 2021

Sat 4th Sep @ 10:00 - 16:00

Two-day Tapestry Weaving – September 2021

Sat 18th Sep @ 10:00 - Sun 19th Sep @ 16:00

Advanced Textiles & Mixed Media – September – November 2021

Tue 21st Sep @ 10:00 - Tue 30th Nov @ 13:00

Creative Pattern Cutting – September-November 2021

Tue 21st Sep @ 14:00 - Tue 30th Nov @ 17:00

Sewcialising – September-November 2021

Tue 21st Sep @ 18:00 - Tue 30th Nov @ 21:00

Intermediate Jewellery – September-November 2021

Tue 21st Sep @ 18:00 - Tue 30th Nov @ 21:00

Textiles & Mixed Media – September-December 2021

Wed 22nd Sep @ 10:00 - Wed 1st Dec @ 13:00