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Overview of the function

Design, manufacture and meeting of the elements required in a pipe organ.

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This occupation is present in the cultural, spiritual, instructional, craft/musical instrument making sectors and inside leisure/public venues and home settings.   Employers differ from micro companies to SMEs that may usually be engaged in contract work, both instantly with the shopper or with others all through the commerce or sector.

The broad objective of the occupation is to make use of abilities and labour for the bespoke fabrication and/or restoration of pipe organs and/or their constituent elements.  This contains tuning of pipe organs, re-leathering of bellows, restoring soundboards, working from CAD drawings, sprucing, staining and ending timber, working with hand instruments and woodworking equipment, voicing of pipes, cleansing of pipework and dealing with electrical methods.  Workers on this occupation will work each on-site and in workshops to finish their duties.  Sometimes they might must work at heights and are generally required to work flexibly to accommodate public occasions on-site the place the work is happening. 

Of their each day work, an worker on this occupation interacts with different organ builders, reporting to a senior organ builder or the principal builder.  They may work intently with the workers members of the organisations they’re contracted by e.g. members of the church.

An worker on this occupation might be answerable for the design, manufacture and meeting of the elements required in a pipe organ; in placing organ pipes onto speech and tuning them; and within the restore, upkeep and tuning of current organs. They are going to be utilizing supplies comparable to wooden, leather-based, tin and lead, and might be primarily working both in a workshop or on website.

Workers might be supervised within the workshop and on-site, working to drawings offered by the principal builder.  Workers would even be anticipated to carry out tuning and upkeep duties unsupervised.

Organ Builders might be answerable for sustaining their instruments and equipment and appearing the place required to maximise the effectivity of their instruments/equipment.

When finishing up restoration or conservation actions, workers should be conscious that supplies and strategies used are acceptable to the age and historic context of the instrument. 

Typical job titles embody:


Common organ builder

Organ builder

Organ tuner

Pipe maker



  • Responsibility 1 Undertake varied woodworking and cupboard making duties comparable to milling out of timber, ending, staining and sprucing

  • Responsibility 2 Re-leather bellows and motors

  • Responsibility 3 Glue timbers and different supplies

  • Responsibility 4 Preserve instruments, blades and equipment

  • Responsibility 5 Restore soundboards and different organ elements

  • Responsibility 6 Manufacture small elements, comparable to rollerboards and mechanical motion elements

  • Responsibility 7 Manufacture medium-sized elements comparable to concussions, tremulants and curler blinds

  • Responsibility 8 Work with hand instruments and woodworking equipment to fabricate bespoke wood elements the place they’re unable to be ordered

  • Responsibility 9 Clear pipework

  • Responsibility 10 Make and restore metallic pipes

  • Responsibility 11 Make and restore wood pipes

  • Responsibility 12 Tune pipe organs, conserving them in working order dependant on exterior elements comparable to temperature and humidity

  • Responsibility 13 Perform repairs and upkeep as specified

  • Responsibility 14 Create technical drawings to make sure all work is carried out to specification inside the set tolerances, together with wind methods, soundboards and casework

  • Responsibility 15 Write out chopping lists

  • Responsibility 16 Perform fault discovering of low voltage electrical methods

  • Responsibility 17 Undertake voicing and tonal ending to attain optimum tone


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