We have the agreement of Daniel Bangham, one of Cambridge Woodwind Makers founding members, to locate his well-respected clarinet making workshop on the site, thus fulfilling one of the aims of the visitor centre. Daniel has also offered to loan, free of charge, all the appropriate machinery and tools he has, to run the teaching courses. These tools and equipment have been saved from obscurity by Daniel and come from the workshops of Ward & Winterbourn oboe makers and the Dolmetsch recorders. These resources alone cover the last 100 years of British instrument making and provide an almost complete visitor centre experience and teaching resource. There is an ongoing program of improving the equipement and facilities which is being done at the personal expense of Daniel Bangham.
At present the Trustees have enough funds available to organise the lease and infrastructure arrangements at the Champion workshop. This includes solicitor’s costs in creating the charity, agreeing a lease, the electrical wiring, basic dust extractions, security and moving the equipment into the workshop space.
It is very gratifying that all the tutors (listed elsewhere) have loaned or supplied specialist equpiment like recorder making equipment helped with installing the existing machinery and to comply with safety measures and environmental controls. Our doors opened in 2011 and Cambridge Woodwind Makers have fulfilled the first of its objectives: providing a visitors centre with a teaching space and an instrument making workshop from which to observe and learn about instrument making.
The estimated cost of the second phase of the project is £30,000. Health and safety will take approximately 30% of that money and balance will be required to build workbenches for students, display material, commissioning machinery and testing procedures. Progress is underway securing these funds but all donations are welcome as well as any larger potential funding recommendations (email to discuss).