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Classical Clarinet Making

Course overview | During these 2 weeks you will make your own professional classical clarinet with expert clarinet maker Daniel Bangham.

Daniel will teach participants to make their own classical clarinet based on the 5 keyed Simiot of Lyon, French clarinet (c.1805).

Participants will be involved with and undertake in every aspect of the making process. This will include rough turning and boring of the wood; finish-turning of all the joints, by hand and with machine tools; cutting of tenons and sockets; cutting finger holes, tone holes, key slots; making brass keys using files and soldering techniques; fitting keys and finishing the instrument; which includes tone hole adjustment and padding. You will be hands on for the whole course.

Instrument type | 5 keyed Simiot of Lyon, French clarinet (c.1805).

Materials | Zapatero boxwood, African Blackwood or European boxwood. (There is a £200 extra fee for European boxwood as it requires extra preparation in advance of the course). Brass keywork.

For those using European Boxwood. Though you will undertake rough turning and boring of the European boxwood, the actual wood you will use for the instrument you make will have been prepared earlier in the year. This is due to the unpredictable nature of European boxwood and the requirement for it to season in a part turned state.

Dates & Booking:

Classical Clarinet Making – July 2019

Thu 18th July 2019 @ 10:00 - Thu 1st August 2019 @ 17:30

Classical Clarinet Making – October 2019

Thu 17th October 2019 @ 10:00 - Thu 31st October 2019 @ 17:30

Tutor | Daniel Bangham

Daniel is the founder and director of Cambridge Woodwind Makers as well as being an internationally renowned classical clarinet maker. Daniel has been making classical clarinets since 1984 and has successfully guided students with no prior handwork skill to complete fantastic instruments. Daniel started an instrument making and repair workshop in 1981, this then became Wood, Wind & Reed specialist music shop in Cambridge.


“Are you pleased with the course and the result of the course?”
“Absolutely! Not only with the quality of the clarinet and the amount of information learned, but also with the horizon-widening mind set and approach.”

Classical Clarinet Making with Daniel Bangham, 2013

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 clarinet will be yours to keep.

Cost | £2000 (+£200 extra for those wishing to use European Boxwood).

Course duration | 2 full weeks; 14 days.

We recommend you plan to be working every day for the two weeks and then we agree at least one break day during the course.

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

Clarinet Repair & Care – March 2019

Wed 20th March 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Clarinet Barrel Experimentation Day – April 2019

Mon 15th April 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:30

Refresher Repair & Care – June 2019

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

Classical Clarinet Making – July 2019

Thu 18th July 2019 @ 10:00 - Thu 1st August 2019 @ 17:30

Clarinet Repair & Care – September 2019

Sat 28th September 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Classical Clarinet Making – October 2019

Thu 17th October 2019 @ 10:00 - Thu 31st October 2019 @ 17:30

Clarinet Barrel Experimentation Day – April 2020

Mon 13th April 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:30