Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell


Course overview | Make your own professional wooden recorder with expert recorder maker, Tim Cranmore.

During this 5 day course you will be involved in making the tools required for the bore, turning the profile from drawings, drilling the tone holes, making the head-joint and cutting the windway, block fitting, and tuning and voicing the recorder.

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


Course director | Tim Cranmore: Internationally respected recorder maker.

Materials | Cedar & Maple (Boxwood on request and at extra cost).

Instrument type | Students will have the choice of making a number of baroque models, eg. Alto recorder after T. Stanesby jnr., A440 or A415, voice flute, A440 or A415, or tenor in C, A440.

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 days

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 | 9.30am to 5pm daily (end times may vary).

Cost | £1000 or E1300 (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 Tim Cranmore @

We will supply you with all the tools and a ready drilled blank for the recorder you will make.

Please bring your own workshop overalls, with dust and eye protection.

Please note, this course is run privately by Tim Cranmore using Cambridge Woodwind Maker facilities.

Related Courses | Recorder Knowledge | Make a Recorder: Activity Day for Children

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

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore

Make your own wooden recorder from scratch: 5 day course.

Article by past participant Alan Cantor about the course: pdf download.