Last week, Rick Isaacs was kind enough to give me a behind-the-scenes tour of the C. B. Fisk workshop where he works. They are internationally renowned pipe organ builders, and their facility in West Gloucester shows why. I was really impressed by the way they make much of the organ practically from scratch – they combine a wide variety of skills and disciplines to go from lumber and ingots all the way to a complete organ. Their workspace is filled with neat tools and personal touches. Here are a few of the photos I took. The complete set is available here.
Greg Bover (well known on this blog) working on the design of an organ:
When contracts are signed, designs turn into models (many of which are on the top shelf in this office):
The models are amazing in their own right:
Production builds from basics:
The materials go through the hands of a series of skilled workmen, like this one:
My friend and tour guide, Rick Isaacs:
A finished organ, ready for installation:
For more photos of some of the artisans and their amazing models, tools, and handiwork, follow this link.