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.
We are indebted to Mona Lemmel in Paris with whome Tony has worked in the last decade for her design work on the keys and for the excellent keys she has fitted to our keyed flutes in that time. Since the begining of 2015 keys have been added to our flutes by Sophie.
Tony is a woodwind instrument maker and researcher who also specialises in making historic copies of bassoons and oboes from the late 17th and early 18th Century. These instruments are used in orchestras and ensembles playing music from that period. His workshop is particularly focused on making the complex and high tolerance reamers used to make the flute bores. Tony also plays in an early music group playing various wind instruments.
Sophie is a flute 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.