Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell


Course overview | Participants will learn the steps and skills needed to make  their own oboe, English horn (Cor Anglais), or baroque oboe reeds, as well as to adjust commercially made reeds. Each participant will have the opportunity to practice each step and receive guidance from the instructor. We will use a well defined, step by step approach to adjusting the reeds, so you can understand exactly the effect of each adjustment technique. In addition to making some reeds from scratch, attendees will also adjust several semi-finished reeds provided by Adam. Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out the latest profiling and gouging machines from Reeds n' Stuff, RDG, and the Rieger companies. Each participant will leave the workshop with several finished reeds. the course fee includes all supplies.

Our Baroque Oboe Making tutor, Paul van der Linden, describes Adam as an experienced baroque oboe player who has researched reed making extensively and is very dedicated to the occupation. Adam inspired Paul to change his own way of making reeds, now making reeds playable in a day or two. 

Participants will need to bring their instrument, a reed knife, cutting blocks, plaque and mandrel. If you don't own these please email us and we will help you source them.


Course director | Adam Shapiro concert oboeist and reed maker.

Adam is a seasoned performer on modern as well as baroque oboe. He has performed with the Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and the New World Symphony orchestras,  as well as with the American Bach Soloists. Adam is also a member of the Seattle 5th Avenue and Village Theater pit orchestras. Adam earned his DMA in Performance Practice from Rutgers University. As a teacher, Adam is a lecturer at the University of Washington, and maintains an active studio.

Reed Types | Each participant will need to specify if they want to make modern reeds, cor anglais reeds, or baroque reeds so that the correct materials and tools can be provided in the appropriate quantities.

Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old: musicians, artisans and craftspeople.

Course length | 2 consecutive days.

Dates | See the calendar to the right or booking form below.

Don't see dates that suit you? Further courses can be arranged throughout the year; email

Time | 10.00am – 4.00pm (depending on progress made during each day).

Cost | £200.

Location | All our courses are held at The Champion Workshop, 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridge, CB21 4XN (England). Details of transport and location can be found in the Visitors Centre section.

Accommodation | If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course.

Personal accident insurance | We do have public liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non-EU participants.

Booking | To book use the links below.

Further information | For other enquiries email Daniel Bangham

The course fee covers all the materials, tools and expert tuition. It also includes lunch on both days. The reeds made will be yours to keep.

Related Courses | Baroque Oboe Making | Oboe & Bassoon Repair & Care

Oboe Reed Making & Adjustment

Learn to make your own oboe reeds and adjust them with skilled craftsman Adam Shapiro.