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

A new organ case and carvings for Westminster Abbey choir school

 

Middle tower pipe shade

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

Half-round middle tower pipe shade drawing

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

Semi-circular carved pipe shade

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

Pipe shade in place into the central tower

Pipe shades above flat

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

Drawing of pipe shades above flats

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

Tower and above flat pipe shades

Bass and treble towers pipe shades

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

Tower pipe shade drawing

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

Tower carvings

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  from the carving gouges. The decorated organ case includes : two towers, two flats and a round tower.

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