Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell


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Course overview | Make your own professional wooden flute with expert flute maker, Robert Bigio.

During these courses, Robert will take you through the making of a wooden flute suitable for either Baroque or Irish music. You will be hands on in each stage of the process, with Robert demonstrating and helping you where required. The course relies both on hand turning and engineering techniques and includes some silversmithing to make the ferrules. With a maximum of two students on the course, you are assured dedicated attention.


Course director | Dr Robert Bigio: Internationally respected flute maker and author of the book Rudall Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain.

Materials | Usually African Blackwood with metal ferrules (band that goes round the joints) but other woods are on offer.

Flute type | There are two models of flute of offer on these courses; either a Rudall & Rose Irish flute at A440 (modern pitch) with no keys, or a Stanesby at A415 (common baroque pitch) and one key. Ensure you select the correct model when booking the course below. Please also note that the Stanesy (with a key) requires an extra day and costs and extra £200.

Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old: musicians, artisans and craftspeople. With an emphasis on engineering methods, explanation and guidance will be given at every stage. Please contact us if you have had no practical woodworking or metal working experience at all before starting the course, it is unlikely to affect your ability to complete the course, but it helps us plan the sessions.

Please note; if you have had prior woodturning experience you are more likely to complete your instrument satisfactorily within the week long course. If you do not finish we can arrange a continuation course for you.

Course length | 5 days in a row (Rudall Rose). 6 days in a row (Stanesby).

Dates | See 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 | 10am – 5pm (sometimes later, depending on progress made during each day).

Cost | £1000 Rudall Rose. £1200 Stanesby. (includes finished instrument)

Location | All our courses are held at The Champion Workshop at Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP (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. We have listed some options in our accommodation section of the website.

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 enquiries email Daniel Bangham @

The course fee covers all the materials, tools and expert tuition. It also includes light refreshments throughout the week. Your finished flute will be yours to keep. It also includes 5 of 5/6 lunches and 1 evening meal during the week.

Further lunches and food can be bought from the village store or pub, both within walking distance of the workshop.

Related Courses | Flute Headjoint Making | Flute Repair & Care

Click here to listen to a sound recording of an Irish Flute made by Chris Raven after attending one of our courses with Robert Bigio. With thanks to Adel Sahnoun (playing the finished instrument) and to Chris for sharing.

Upcoming Course Dates

Monday 3rd of July 2017

Wooden Flute Making - Stanesby 6 day 1200.00

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*Deposits are non-refundable unless CWM has to cancel the course, in which case all amounts paid will be refundable or transferable to another course.

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Course Calendar

June 2017
Wooden Flute Making
Wooden Flute Making