Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell

CLASSICAL CLARINET MAKING

Course overview | During these 2 weeks you will make your own professional classical clarinet with expert clarinet maker Daniel Bangham.

Daniel will teach participants to make their own classical clarinet based on the 5 keyed Simiot of Lyon, French clarinet (c.1805).

Participants will be involved and undertake in every aspect of the making process. This will include rough turning and boring of the wood; finish-turning of all the joints, by hand and with machine tools; cutting of tenons and sockets; cutting finger holes, tone holes, key slots; making brass keys using files and soldering techniques; fitting keys; finishing instrument which includes tone hole adjustment and padding. You will be hands on for the whole course and have successfully guided students with no prior handiwork skill to complete fantastic instruments. 

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Course director | Daniel Bangham, founder and director of Cambridge Woodwind Makers, internationally renowned classical clarinet maker.

Materials | Zapatero boxwood, African Blackwood or European boxwood. (There is a £200 extra fee for European boxwood as it requires extra preparation in advance of the course). Brass keywork.

Instrument type | 5 keyed Simiot of Lyon, French clarinet (c.1805).

Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old: musicians, artisans and craftspeople. Some woodturning experience is desirable but not essential. Please contact us if you have had no practical woodworking experience at all before starting the course. 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 | 2 full weeks 14 days. We recommend you plan to be working every day for the two weeks and then we agree at least one break day during the course.

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 information@cambridgewoodwindmakers.org.

Time | 10.00am – 5.30pm (depending on progress made during each day, sometimes may run later in the evening).

Cost | £2000 (+ £200 extra for those wishing to use European Boxwood). (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 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 @ information@cambridgewoodwindmakers.org.

The course fee covers all the materials, tools and expert tuition. It also includes light refreshments throughout the week some evening meals and lunches on 8 of the 14 days. Your finished clarinet will be yours to keep.

Further lunches can be bought from the village store or restaurants, all within walking distance of the workshop.

Caveats | For those using European Boxwood. Though you will undertake rough turning and boring of the European boxwood, the actual wood you will use for the instrument you make will have been prepared earlier in the year. This is due to the unpredictable nature of European boxwood and the requirement for it to season in a part turned state.

Related Courses | Clarinet Repair & Care | Clarinet Barrel 'Experiment' Day

Watch @ Work | Open days will be held during this course as opportunities for everyone to view the progress. For further details see here.

Classical Clarinet Making

With acclaimed maker and founder of Cambridge Woodwind Makers, Daniel Bangham, you can make your own wooden, Classical clarinet.