Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Baroque Oboe Making2018-10-23T17:00:13+00:00

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 in the style of Jacob Denner, pitched at 415hz. It is also possible to request to make a D’amore model.

Instrument type | The instrument made will be based on a Jacob Denner instrument pitched at 415hz or the D’amore model, both chosen for this course by Paul van der Linden. (NB. The first person to sign up for the course will decide which instrument will be made for each course)

Dates & Booking:

Baroque Oboe Making – February 2019

Tue 26th February 2019 @ 10:00 - Sun 3rd March 2019 @ 17:30

Baroque Oboe Making – July 2019

Tue 2nd July 2019 @ 10:00 - Sun 7th July 2019 @ 17:30

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

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 – £1250, including prepared European Boxwood. | D’amore – £1380.

Course duration | 6 consecutive days

Times | 10.00am – 5.30pm

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

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.

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.

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 pages for ideas.

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

Upcoming Related Courses

Baroque Oboe Making – February 2019

Tue 26th February 2019 @ 10:00 - Sun 3rd March 2019 @ 17:30

Baroque Oboe Reed Making & Adjustment – April 2019

Sat 13th April 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Modern Oboe Reed Making & Adjustment – April 2019

Sun 14th April 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Oboe & Bassoon Repair & Care – April 2019

Thu 25th April 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Refresher Repair & Care – June 2019

Sat 8th June 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Baroque Oboe Making – July 2019

Tue 2nd July 2019 @ 10:00 - Sun 7th July 2019 @ 17:30

Oboe & Bassoon Repair & Care – September 2019

Sat 14th September 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00