Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell

DEVELOPMENT

To achieve our aims Cambridge Woodwind Makers teamed up with The ACE foundation who enabled us to create a fantastic workshop for the first five years. In 2017 we are looking to re-locate into a slightly bigger workshop. Cambridge Woodwind Makers is a not for profit company limited by guarantee and is a charity.

We have the agreement of Daniel Bangham, one of Cambridge Woodwind Makers founding members, to loan all his equipment and materials from his respected clarinet making workshop, thus fulfilling one of the aims. These tools and equipment have been saved from obscurity by Daniel and come from the workshops of Ward & Winterbourn oboe makers and the Dolmetsch recorders. These resources alone cover the last 100 years of British instrument making and provide an almost complete visitor centre experience and teaching resource. There is still a need to install these tools and equipment and add some extra equipment for teaching purposes. Cambridge Woodwind Makers will also need to build up their own asset register of specialist equipment required.

At present the Trustees have enough funds available to organise the lease and infrastructure arrangements, includes solicitor’s costs in creating the charity, agreeing a lease, the electrical wiring, basic dust extractions, security and moving the equipment into the workshop space.

A second round of funding will be required to acquire some special recorder making equipment, installing the existing machinery and to comply with safety measures and environmental controls. Once this is done, the doors can be opened and Cambridge Woodwind Makers will have fulfilled the first of its objectives: providing a visitors centre with a teaching space and an instrument making workshop from which to observe and learn about instrument making.

Development

Sharing skills.