Our Workshops and Some History
Tony’s workshop is located in Northamptonshire in the UK and is where the flute is initially made without any keys fitted. All the joints are made and tone holes drilled and some initial tuning performed.
For keyed flutes, the flute bodies are then sent to Sophie Matthew’s workshop in Coventry where she fits the keys, springs, pads and cork bumpers etc. before returning the flute to Tony for final tuning.
Tony is a woodwind instrument maker and researcher who also specialises in making historic copies of flutes, bassoons and oboes from the late 17th and through to the 19th Century. His workshop is particularly focused on making the complex and high tolerance reamers used to make the instrument bores. Tony also plays in an early music group playing various wind instruments and Hurdy Gurdy.
Sophie is a flute and bagpipe player and performer who has trained with Tony to fit keys to our instruments. She plays a variety of other wind instruments, playing music from periods throughout history including both classical and folk music. While she has made woodwind instruments she has decided to concentrate on the making and fitting of keys.