Baroque Oboe Making

Course overview | During this intense six day course you will take part in the entire process of creating your own Baroque oboe. With a maximum of three participants on each course you will have plenty of one-to-one time with the tutor, Paul van der Linden.

Instrument type |

There are three models available to choose, the first booking will determine the model made on each course.

  • Jacob Denner, pitched at 415hz (german early 18th century)
  • J.M.Anciuti (italian 1730)
  • D’amore after I.G.Baur (German 1719)


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Tutor | Paul van der Linden

Based in Holland, Paul is a maker and musician in great demand on the European early music scene. The first course that Paul ran at Cambridge Woodwind Makers was an oboe development workshop that was highly successful.

“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

“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

“I wanted to thank you for an absolutely brilliant week in July making a Baroque Oboe. Not only was the instruction second to none, the friendly atmosphere and facilities were exceptional. Whilst we were blessed with excellent weather that week, this did not distract from the superb extra activities that were laid on. I particularly enjoyed the evening out with vintage transport and jazz band, just to mention one night.”

Baroque Oboe Making with Paul van der Linden, 2016

“Cambridge is in itself a fantastic place to visit for a week, particularly in July with it’s summer music festival and open air Shakespeare, but to mix that with the creative atmosphere you provide, not to mention your home made pizzas…and to come home with a new musical instrument and a new set of skills (it’s amazing what you can learn in a week), made this a really special and amazing week. So once again, thank you. Now looking forward to next year as I’ve already booked to make a different instrument in July!”

Baroque Oboe Making with Paul van der Linden, 2016

“The oboe making course with Paul was a fantastic experience. 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.

I’m putting in time now, learning fingerings on the new instrument. As I probably mentioned to you, it had been one of my aims for many many years, to make a baroque oboe. You’ve helped me short cut the whole process and come up with a much better result. I was going to set up a workshop, use some plans I had already collected and go ahead and make….. but that’s not necessary now, & having access to Paul’s expert guidance was just wonderful.”

Baroque Oboe Making with Paul van der Linden, January 2020

The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition. It also includes some lunches, light refreshments and some evening meals. The finished oboe will be yours to keep.

Cost | Jacob Denner – £1650, including prepared European Boxwood. | D’amore – £1780.

Course duration | 6 consecutive days

Times | 10.00am – 5.30pm

There will be a break on the Wednesday morning and you will finish before 3.30pm on the Thursday.

Depending on progress made during each day, some times may run later into the evening.

Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old; musicians, artisans and craftspeople.

Some wood turning experience is desirable but not essential, however, ideally you would try to gain experience in advance of the course. If you have had prior woodturning experience you are more likely to complete your instrument satisfactorily within the week long course. We can arrange a continuation course if you do not complete within the allocated time.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

What to bring | You will need to wear workshop appropriate clothing; no tassels, closed toe shoes etc. Aprons and overalls are available. Remember glasses if you need them, the work involves looking at small details. If you wish to bring any of your own tools please make sure they are marked or labelled.


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Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow signs to Linton Zoo and we are on the industrial estate next door.

Accommodation |  If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. View our accommodation page for ideas.

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here along with our covid-19 guidelines which are here: Cambridge Makers covid-19 guidelines - Cambridge Makers.

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Insurance | We have pubic liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non EU participants.

Deposits | Any course with a fee of £200 or more includes a non-refundable deposit of £200.

Alternative Dates | If the dates available do not suit you it may be possible to arrange a date that does. However, we can only run an instrument making course with a minimum of two people and a Repair & Care with a minimum of three.

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