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, leading you to be able to offer keywork adjustments, and making, to your current customers. This will also open you to new customers previously hindered by disabilities, idiosyncrasies and ailments; you will be able to offer bespoke key positioning, repair the un-repairable and modify according to need.
Through hands-on teaching you will learn about:
- Key filing
- Key design, form and function
- Spring hitch design and mounting
- Pillar facing
- Point screw fitting
- Through steel fitting
- 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.
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 | £780
Course duration | 5 days
Times | 10.00am – 4.00pm
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: email@example.com
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.
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.