Cambridge Woodwind Makers

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Professional Development – Key Making2019-05-10T17:10:41+01:00

Key Making

Course overview | During this course you will make an ‘apprentice piece’ as per the examples pictured below.

Through making the piece, you will explore and learn about the process of making keys, enabling you to be able to offer keywork adjustments, repair and alterations to your customers. This will also open you to new customers who may be hindered by disabilities as you will be able to offer bespoke key positioning; it will open up the possibility of re-manufacture of previously unrepairable keys and modification according to needs.

The intensive four day course will give you hours of hands-on practice time under the expert tuition of Pete Worrell.

You will learn about:

  • Key filing
  • Key design, form and function
  • Spring hitch design and mounting
  • Pillar facing
  • Point screw fitting
  • Through steel fitting
  • Springing
  • Pad fitting

The finished piece will be yours to keep and present as part of a portfolio of work to demonstrate your skill and capability to your customers.

Responses to our Key Making lecture demonstration indicated that having the knowledge and skills taught on this course would be worth more than £500 per year to professionals. Beyond technological development we would anticipate the skills learnt to last for longer than a year.


Professional Development Key Making with Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Key Making – November 2019

Mon 4th November @ 10:00 - Thu 7th November @ 17:00

Clarinet Barrells at Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Clarinet Barrel Experimentation Day – April 2020

Thu 2nd April 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:30

Tutor Pete Worrell

Through working with both Howarth’s and with Duncan Crawford, Peter has refined the art of woodwind instrument design with a focus on mechanisms of oboes, clarinets and flutes. A highly accomplished key maker and craftsman he now focuses on making entire flutes, though his recent invention of a clarinet that can be played by someone with only a functioning right or left hand is a tour-de-force and ranks him in the top echelons of instrument designers and technicians. Probably the finest key-maker in the industry.

Co-tutor | Daniel Bangham

Daniel is the founder and director of Cambridge Woodwind Makers as well as being an internationally renowned classical clarinet maker. Daniel started a clarinet making and instrument repair workshop in 1981, this then became Wood, Wind & Reed specialist music shop in Cambridge.

The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition. It also includes lunches, light refreshments and some evening meals.

Cost | £620

Course duration | 4 days

Times | 10.00am – 5.00pm

Abilities | This course is designed for experienced makers and repairers with an interest in improving their understanding and creation of keywork.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email Daniel:

What to bring | You will also need to wear workshop appropriate clothing. Aprons and overalls are available. Remember glasses if you need them, the work involves looking at small details. If you have any tools of your own, then please bring, making 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 pages 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.

Upcoming Related Courses

Long Trumpet Making – June 2019

Mon 24th June @ 09:00 - Fri 28th June @ 18:00

Brass Repair & Care – June 2019

Sat 29th June @ 10:00 - 16:00

Baroque Oboe Making – D’amore – July 2019

Tue 2nd July @ 10:00 - Sun 7th July @ 17:30

Cambridge Makers | Open Studios – July 2019

Sat 13th July @ 11:00 - Sun 14th July @ 18:00

Classical Clarinet Making – July 2019

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

Classical Clarinet Making – August 2019

Sun 11th August @ 10:00 - Sun 25th August @ 17:30

Cornetto Making – August 2019

Mon 26th August @ 09:30 - Fri 30th August @ 17:00

One-Keyed Folk Flute Making – September 2019

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

Oboe & Bassoon Repair & Care – September 2019

Sat 14th September @ 10:00 - 16:00

Recorder Making with Jacqueline Sorel – September 2019

Sun 15th September @ 09:00 - Thu 19th September @ 17:00

Clarinet Repair & Care – September 2019

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

Baroque and Modern Oboe Reed Making – October 2019

Sat 5th October @ 10:00 - Sun 6th October @ 16:00

Saxophone Repair & Care – October 2019

Sat 12th October @ 10:00 - 16:00

Baroque Oboe Making – Denner – October 2019

Sat 12th October @ 10:00 - Thu 17th October @ 17:30

Key Making – November 2019

Mon 4th November @ 10:00 - Thu 7th November @ 17:00

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore – November 2019

Mon 11th November @ 10:00 - Fri 15th November @ 17:30

Baroque Oboe Making – January 2020

Sat 11th January 2020 @ 10:00 - Thu 16th January 2020 @ 17:30

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore – January 2020

Mon 27th January 2020 @ 10:00 - Fri 31st January 2020 @ 17:30

Recorder Making with Jacqueline Sorel – February 2020

Sun 23rd February 2020 @ 09:00 - Thu 27th February 2020 @ 17:00

Recorder Repair & Care – Saturday – February 2020

Sat 29th February 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Recorder Repair & Care – Sunday – March 2020

Sun 1st March 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Flute Repair & Care – March 2020

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

Clarinet Repair & Care – March 2020

Thu 19th March 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00