Westminster Abbey Song school, practice organ in room, Laurent Robert woodcarving

New organ case with carved pipe shades for Westminster Abbey choir school

 

Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings by Laurent Robert woodcarver, drawing of middle tower
Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings by Laurent Robert woodcarver, drawings

Middle tower pipe shade

Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings by  Laurent Robert woodcarver, carved tower
Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings by Laurent Robert woodcarver, carved round tower

Tower flat pipe shade

Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings by Laurent Robert woodcarver, carved flat pipe shades
Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings by Laurent Robert woodcarver, drawing of pipe shades
Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings by Laurent Robert woodcarver, carved tower and flat

The new instrument was designed by William Drake Ltd. I built the organ case and pipe shades in the inspiration of the Georgian classical style found  in England. Air dried oak was the best material in use and the timber came from a sawmill who specializes in cutting oak trees in quarter and rift sawn.  I made the paneling  by slicing the boards to assemble symmetrical figured panels. To design the pipe shades, I have used  elements of ornamentation that we often see in larger organ cases dating from the middle of the eighteenth century, here the carvings were finished in the same way without sanding, from the tools, the  surfaces were left bare and natural. The facade includes : two towers, two flats and a round tower.

drawing by Laurent Robert woodcarver, Westminster Abbey choir school pipe organ carvings
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