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A duet for organ and vacuum cleaner.

  Today, I want to share some random thoughts about a process that isn’t at all random – designing, or in the case of the Shelbyville organ, re-designing the sound of a pipe organ. It continues to amaze me how many people, even including some otherwise competent musicians, don’t understand the basics of this most […]

  It is proving to be a busy (and exhausting!) summer. In the midst of several projects that are happening in the shop, we are making some important changes to our facility itself. We are moving our CNC router shop to our new (a few years ago) back building, which has been finished inside and […]

 As I write this on July 14, work is progressing in the shop on the pipes we removed from the organ in early June. Just getting them cleaned up is a long process that will take a few more weeks.  As well, like a small business must do, we are also progressing on other projects. […]

  Imagine. You have been standing in the same spot for over 100 years. Your spot is high in one end of a great building. When you took up your position, the building was still fairly fresh and new. A century older now, nearly every corner of that building has been repeatedly cleaned, painted, and […]

A Craft, Not an Industry

July 3rd, 2014

  We organ builders sometimes suffer from an identity crisis. In my current issue of American Organbuilding, a knowledgeable writer asserts that the Organ industry has contracted over time. He makes this statement in reference to the valid point that, as an industry, it is difficult for organ builders to make an impact on those […]

“The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.” -Andrew Carnegie

Patrons of the Organ

June 28th, 2014

Speaking of England, here’s an idea that was recently shared on Twitter.  I think it’s a great idea, and one I would like to see implemented in many of our churches. At the Liverpool Cathedral, they have a core group of people called the “Patrons of the Organ.”  Such a group would be committed to […]

  According to Mark Twain, “a man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” Back in 2006, host Mike Rowe included pipe organ builder in his popular tv program, “Dirty Jobs.” Standing tall for over a century in the gallery of St. Joseph Catholic Church in […]

  “UNBELIEVABLE!” “I had no idea”   “How many pipes are there?”   Whenever we introduce church members to their pipe organ, these are the inevitable exclamations.  Most of them have seen the console of the organ, with its keyboards, pedalboard, stops, and buttons, and they believe that these parts constitute “the organ.”  Most have […]

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