Course overview | Make your own professional wooden recorder with expert recorder maker, Tim Cranmore.
During this 5 day course you will be involved in making the tools required for the bore, 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 the Tim.
Instrument type | Students will have the choice of making a number of baroque models, eg. Alto recorder after T. Stanesby jnr., A440 or A415, voice flute, A440 or A415, or tenor in C, A440.
Materials | Cedar & Maple (Boxwood on request and at extra cost).
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Tutor | Tim Cranmore
Tim started out training to be a biochemist but somewhere along the line jumped into recorder making! Luckily for us! He now has an international reputation for making custom recorders from his workshop in Malvern. He has been runing robust and exciting courses with Cambridge Woodwind Makers, from its opening in Feburary 2012.
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 | £1,300
Course duration | 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NB | Please note, this course is run by Tim Cranmore using the Cambridge Woodwind Makers workshop and we will share your contact information with the course director.
Alan Cantor | Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore
In March 2012, Alan Cantor traveled to England to take a five-day course on recorder building from Tim Cranmore at the workshops of the Cambridge Woodwind Makers. In the Fall 2012 issue of American Recorder, he documents his odyssey, which resulted in the scratch-built recorder.
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
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.