Edward Odell is a local craftsman fighting the good fight. His family company, J.H. & C.S. Odell, is more than 150 years old. He recently completed working on Opus 653.
from Odell Organs, Opus 653
Edward uses a staggering mix of machines and handtools while fabricating nearly every part of the organs, including the pipes in their entirety.
The process of making his own pipes, a process that he has recently taken on, is pretty incredible.
He starts at a forge.
I think I got all of the steps. Maybe I missed a few.
The one problem was that I won't put my name on a razee plane. We got over that hurdle before meeting and Ed doing this.
The plane was filthy before I walked out the door. (Frankly, I was content that it worked because I didn't have any pipe metal hanging around the shop on which to test it.) I'll swing by in a year or so to follow up.
Check out Ed's website, new blog and older Facebook page. I'm constantly amazed at the avenues this craft can lead a person down. Whether it's building furniture, boats, utensils, musical instruments or anything else made of wood. It's all relevant There is a lot of great information out there from people outside of our general furniture circle that share this same fascination.
Go out and find something else, someone else. Then share it.