The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) works towards preserving UK traditional crafts, which, despite their inmense cultural value, are not recognised as either arts nor heritage. This has made them fall out of most government programmes for promotion and support, pushing them towards facing extinction. Recently, the HCA noticed that Stephen Wessel, a resident of Somerset who is close to retirement, is the last person in the entire country making fully handmade Boehm system flutes.
The Boehm system is a method of flute keywork developed by German inventor and musician Theobald Boehm, which optimized the sound of flutes, oboes and clarinets back in the nineteenth century. A lot of skill and care to detail are required to achieve an excellent Boehm flute, and in his 35 years of experience, Stephen has become a true master. Now, he is willing to teach someone his craft with the sponsorship of the HCA and Jonathan Myall, the owner of Just Flutes in South Croydon. The trainee would be hosted and supported by Jonathan while learning, until the future of this rare craft is ensured.
Do you want to become the next great UK Boehm system flutemaker? Contact Mary Lewis, HCA Endangered Crafts Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this training opportunity. The whole post by the HCA can be found here: flutemaking trainee sought to avert craft extinction.