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Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Preservation through participation.
We have a wonderfully full newsletter for you today with all sorts of exciting information about future courses and progress in the workshop. Just because we have been quiet, doesn't mean we haven't been busy!

Trumpet making 2013
Following the success of last years course, the next trumpet making workshop with, Robert Barclay, Richard Seraphinoff & Michael Münkwitz will be from Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June 2013. There are only 7 places remaining, so get your booking in as soon as possible. To apply for your place please download and complete the following form: FORM. To find out more about this workshop see our website.

Trumpet Making | Monday 17 - Friday 21 June 2013 | £650 | BOOK NOW

Repair & Maintenance
There are still places remaining on the next Oboe & Bassoon R&M course on Sunday 25th November. Please click here to download a form. We will be announcing a new series of dates for Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone and Bassoon & Oboe courses soon. We are also considering a brass care and maintenance course, if you would be interested in attending such a day please get in touch:

Oboe & Bassoon Repair & Maintenance | Sunday 25 November | 10.00am-4.00pm | £65 (discounts for Friends apply) | BOOK NOW

Flute Making with Robert Bigio
We are so thrilled to have had three successful flute making weeks with Robert Bigio in the last few months. Six participants each made their own wooden Baroque flutes in just five days. Anne Bury, one of the participants, has kindly shared her photographs with us which you can see in our Picasa web album: Flute Making Photographs.
More details about this course can be found on our website. We are looking at further dates which will be announced soon, please be in touch if you are interested: Email us.

Recorder Making - November course
There is one place remaining on Tim Cranmore's recorder making course from Sunday 18th to Thursday 22 November (full details on the website: Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore). These courses are run by Tim in our workshop, contact him directly on +44(0)1684 563313 or email: 

Recorder Making | Sunday 18 - Thursday 22 November | 9.30-5.00pm | £1000

Something for Strings
Cambridge Woodwind Makers will be hosting the Wittner Finetune Peg Workshop on Thursday 25th October 2.30 - 8.30pm. This is an opportunity for string players to learn more about this innovative tuning peg and meet the designer and manufacturer Mr Horst Wittner. This opportunity is especially recommended for violin and viola teachers. Full details can be found in the flyer

Wittner Finetune Peg Workshop | Thursday 25th October | 2.30 - 8.30pm

The Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments
If you are interested in the Cambridge Woodwind Makers you may also be interested in: The Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments, founded in 1975, a lively forum organisation for those interested in historical musical instruments. Its principle publication, FoRMHI Quarterly, in handy A5 format, welcomes papers on all aspects the history and making of historical musical instruments – from the ancient Coptic sistrum to Beethoven’s piano. You can read all their back issues free online but you must join to receive the current year’s issues (£18 per year; first year free to new contributors).

Special features:
·         Lots of practical how-to-do-it articles by and for instrument makers;
·         no editorial intervention, papers appear as submitted;
·         work-in-progress reports, very short papers making a single point, or asking a question, and lively running debates are all welcome;
·         quick turnaround; quarterly print schedule and publication on the internet within a year.

General News
Another of the highlights from the last few months was an article in the American Recorder Society magazine. The article was written by Alan Cantor a participant of Tim Cranmore's Recorder Making Course at the Cambridge Woodwind Makers workshop.  It was an excellent and informative piece, a download is available here by kind permission of the society. Thank you Alan for writing it.

Progress at the workshop itself has been fantastic. Since our Watch @ Work day in July, where visitors were able to come and watch Mark Bury carving our workshop sign it is now finished (see above) and it was mounted on Wednesday 3rd October. We now have a bathroom and kitchen facilities and two new lathes have been installed which have already been well used by the flute makers. Daniel is currently looking to recruit a technician to come in once a week and maintain and install further machinery. If you know of a suitable applicant please be in touch:

Don't forget we are very keen to get youngsters involved with all our happenings. If you know of a school that might be interested in a group visit to the workshop with opportunities for hands on work and (with groups of up to 8) recorder and or bird-call-whistle making please contact us: +44(0)1223 713101, We are also still offering kit-recorder making courses for children aged 8 and above, contact us for further information.

Find us on facebook
If you use social networks and would like to join us on facebook and receive more regular updates and follow photographs from our events please join us on facebook. You can also see photographs from our workshops on our picasa site: PICASA (you don't have to create an account to view our photographs. It may help to sign out of a gmail account if you wish to avoid creating an account).

Become a friend and enjoy exclusive benefits
Support our project by joining our 'Friend' scheme and get discounts on all our Repair & Maintenance courses. To become a member please download the following form: CWM Membership Form.

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