Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell


Course overview | Make your own chalumeau with expert classical clarinet maker, Daniel Bangham and recorder maker Tim Cranmore

During this one-week course, Daniel and Tim will teach you to make a chalumeau, a unique precursor to the clarinet. The chalumeau has many constructional and design elements of the recorder, which I is why both Tim and Daniel are running this course together.

You will learn how to turn the wood, bore the inside, cut tone holes, shape the joints and ferrules, make the mouthpiece and voice it as well as making the keys.

With only two students on the course, you are assured dedicated attention as required.

Course director | Daniel Bangham: Founder and director of Cambridge Woodwind Makers, internationally renowned classical clarinet maker. Tim Cranmore: Recorder maker

Materials | Fruit wood or Maple

Instrument type | Chalmeau.

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

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 working days (Monday to Friday)

Dates | See calendar to the right or 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 (includes finished instrument).

Location  | The Champion Workshop, 6 Lintech Court, Linton, CB21 4XN. 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 the Accommodation Section of our 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 on

The course fee covers all the materials, tools and expert tuition. It also includes light refreshments throughout the week. Your finished Chalumeau will be yours to keep. Lunches can be bought from the village store or pub, both within walking distance of the workshop.

Make your own Chalmeau with expert Daniel Bangham.