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I started making wooden flutes in 1994 and my interest rapidly expanded
to include wooden whistles, low whistles and recorders. My thirst for
information on woodwind instruments and their making led me to
Matthew Dart's evening classes at the London Furniture College
(now the London Guildhall University). Having had some 30 years
experience in mechanical engineering, my progress was rapid, and
very soon the new discipline had completely taken over my life.
Today I make woodwinds of the flute family (Transverse flutes,
recorders, whistles and low
whistles) for customers all over the world. I make instruments
based on originals from as early as the 13th century, including my own
versions of the Gottingen recorder and Dordrecht recorder,
I also make flutes and recorders based on those from the Renaissance
period as well as my own designs of flute,
whistle,low whistle and recorder for use by todays traditional musicians.
and the tools necessary to make it are hand made by me and, apart
from the inevitable second hand market, the instruments
which appear on these pages are now only available
direct from me. This keeps the price down and the level of service
high. I consider myself fortunate to be able to earn a living from
a skill which I enjoy greatly and am privilaged to be able to call
the hundreds of people who play my instruments, friends.
Phil & Cathie Bleazey on the stand at Rudolstadt festival
Since loosing Cathie to cancer in July 2006 my life has taken many turns,
most of them for the good and the best of all has been meeting Claire. Claire and I were married in February 2010
we lived and worked in Lancaster till July 2012 when we moved to our lovely little cottage in lower hardres near canterbury.
The call of Lancaster was, however too great for Claire to resist and in 2015 we returned to Lancaster and established our home
and business at the old stables where we continue to thrive!
Happy ever after comes to mind. Here is a picture of Claire and me on the stand at
The Rencontre de Luthiers et Maitre Sonneurs, Chateau D' Ars ( St. Chartier as was )
Phil and Claire Bleazey
At The Old Furness Street Stables
Tel:- 0044 (0)1524 849085
Last Updated November 2022