Cambridge Woodwind Makers

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Wooden Flute Headjoint Making

Course overview | Make your own professional, thinned, wooden flute headjoint for a modern flute. From turning the joint to shaping the lip-plate to making a stopper and crown, make it yourself and change the sound of your flute playing.

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One-Keyed Folk Flute Making – September 2019

Sun 1st September @ 12:00 - Fri 6th September @ 12:00

Tutor | Peter Worrell

Through working with both Howarths and Duncan Crawford, Peter has refined the art of woodwind instrument design with focus on mechanisms of oboes, clarinets and flutes. A highly accomplished key maker and craftsman, he now focuses on making entire flutes and has recently designed and made clarinets and recorders for one-handed musicians. Peter also gets involved behind the scenes at Cambridge Woodwind Makers and is a valuable part of the organisation.

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 | £

Course duration |  consecutive days

Times |

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.

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.

Upcoming Related Courses

Flute Repair & Care – April 2019

Wed 24th April @ 10:00 - 16:00

Refresher Repair & Care – June 2019

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

One-Keyed Folk Flute Making – September 2019

Sun 1st September @ 12:00 - Fri 6th September @ 12:00

Flute Repair & Care – March 2020

Wed 18th March 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Refresher Repair & Care – July 2020

Sat 4th July 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Flute Repair & Care – September 2020

Sat 12th September 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00