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Tourplakat Cara Australien 2018One week to go before my departure for a month of touring Australia with the band Cara. The workshop will be closed during that time of course, but I will be able to read and send emails. And I‘m pretty sure that I will post a few photos here...

Welcome

Welcome to my new website!

Optically, there aren't that many changes save a new navigation design and some minor things, but under the hood, I implemented a whole new content management system, which makes keeping the website updates a whole lot easier. Being based on very old and rudimentary PHP4, I had to replace the system I used for the last few years as my provider will stop supporting older PHP versions very soon.

Anyway, I learned a lot along the way, and as a side effect, the website design is now fully responsive to all sorts of display devices, from smartphones to big computer screens.

I'm also planning a new photo gallery by using the great possibilities this system offers, so check back regularly!

And finally, writing comments will be possible, soon - still have to work on that stuff a wee bit. :)

Turbulent times...

It is time for a workshop update! 

Most importantly, I've relocated to a new home in the westphalian countryside (the workshop stays at the old address), and it's always more work than you expect it to be! Luckily, most of the work is done and we're settling in rapidly - a process that is easy by the lovely surroundings we have here. So calm and quiet... 

There have been a few problems along the way, as some of my deep drilling tools stopped working due to their age. The new tools took a bit longer to deliver than expected, but after eight weeks I'm expecting them in the mail very soon. I'm confident to be able to fulfill all delayed orders within december 2017, and will be in touch will all affected customers individually. New orders are not affected by these delays anyway. 

Furthermore, a new manually controlled milling machine found its way into my workshop. CNC machines are fine and handy, but sometimes, you need manual control of things - and I'm happy to now have both options at hands in my workshop! 

For 2018, I am planning to publish a few videos showing how I work, and on specific things related to flutemaking. I'm happy to receive requests on what to include in the videos - just send me an email. 

For now I'd like to wish all my customers and visitors of my webseite a calm, pleasant and happy christmas, and a happy new year!

En route to Ireland

I will start my journey to Ireland tomorrow morning - by car. Will be a whole new experience! I will attend the festivals / summer schools in Tubbercurry and Drumshanbo, and will have some flutes with me of course. Just give me a shout if you want to try one. 

The exact dates are as follows: 

July 10th to 15th: Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo 
July 15th to 17th: Magherafelt, Northern Ireland 
July 17th to 21st: Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim 

See you there! 

Update

It has been way too long since the last update. But I am going to change that - from now on, I will publish news regarding my flutes and interesting insights into everyday workshop life on a regular base. 

Integrating a CNC mill into my workflow was a good decision, the machine helps me a lot keeping things that matter acoustically within very small tolerances, like tone holes for example. Furthermore it makes the fabrication of storage boards for specialised tools and little workshop helpers much easier, and making ten of them ist just as much work as making one - the joys of computer controlled machinery! The inlays of my wooden flute cases are CNC-machined as well, ensuring a snug fit. But this isn't the end - every day I'm exploring new uses for the machine.

crowns_tn.jpgAfter making 121 flutes, I still haven't stopped trying new things. Since I started I always liked to play with the design of the headjoint crown. In the beginning I used concentric lines turned into the crown face, later I tried various shapes, from traditional resembling Rudall & Rose flutes to futuristic patterns. For the last 30 flutes or so I finally found my own style that I also like to see as my signature now, and which repeats at the foot joint of the flute. The good thing about it is that it looks nice form the start, but you can customise it a lot, and this is how the crowns on the right came into life. 

I am offering this design consisting of silver, two different timbers and optional paua shell discs now as an option. But still, all sorts of combinations are possible and I'm happy to try your design! 

This is it for now - but a lot more things have happened here in the last two years and I'll report on those later. Just check back regularly!

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