Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Recorder Making with Jacqueline Sorel2019-02-08T14:31:53+00:00

Recorder Making

Course overview | Make your own professional wooden recorder with Dutch recorder maker, Jacqueline Sorel.

During this 5 day course you will be taught some basic theoretical knowledge and you will be involved in turning the profile from drawings, drilling the tone holes, making the head-joint and cutting the windway, block fitting, and tuning and voicing the recorder.

With a maximum of two participants on each course you will have plenty of one-to-one time with Jacqueline.

Instrument type | Baroque Alto recorder after J. Denner in A440 or A415.

Materials | Cedar, Maple or Cherry Wood (Boxwood on request and at extra cost – we need to know this in advance to prepare the blanks).

Dates & Booking:

Tutor | Jacqueline Sorel

Accomplished recorder maker from Holland, with an international reputation. Jacqueline has also developed courses at Cambridge Woodwind Makers that cover specific voicing and technical details, but also makes one think about how to choose a recorder and what gives a recorder its characteristic; see Recorder Repair & Care.

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 recorder will be yours to keep.

Cost | £1000 (E1300)

Course duration | 5 consecutive days

Times | 09.00am – 5.00pm

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 wood turning 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

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore – February 2019

Wed 27th February @ 10:00 - Mon 4th March @ 17:30

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore – June 2019

Sun 9th June @ 10:00 - Thu 13th June @ 17:00