Recorder Making

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

Jacqueline will take you through every step of the process of making your own basic-alto recorder at either A:440 or A:415 Hz.

During the 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.

 This course is suitable for both the complete beginner as for advanced amateur makers (and everyone in between those levels).
Depending on your experience Jacqueline will tailor the course either as a Master Class with you making the recorder and Jacqueline answering specialist questions and giving advice, exercises and tips. Or, as a beginner she will give you instruction to allow you to do it yourself helping you as desired or necessary. 

Instrument type |  Alto recorder in A440 or A415.

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


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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 including prepared wood, 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 | £1,300

Course duration | 5 consecutive days

Times | Sunday – Thursday | 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 [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.

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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