to play the whistle by a good friend and consummate musician, it was
but a small
step to move into design and manufacture. All my whistles are hand
and voiced and each has a tone as unique and individual as the player.
hand made from native of woods such as Hawthorn, Holly, Beech, Yew and
Cherry, but largely
dependant on what I can get free!. Each is as unique as the wood it is
from and they have a simple, classic design. Fipples are usually cherrywood.
Most exotics are also available such as
Lignum, Blackwood, Box, Cocobolo, Olive and if I can get hold of it, I will also use wood that has
a bit of history, old beams, furniture and so on, this
gives old wood a new purpose and gives the whistles a bit more character
instruments are also hand made and offer the player
greater volume and resilience. At present these are
Standard whistles only. Tuning slides will hopefully
be offered shortly
Every whistle is made to order and
being so, players preference for hole
placement and size can, within reason, be accommodated. A whistle with small
holes gives a light and responsive tone, those with larger holes, a richer and
more rounded tone.
Wooden presentation boxes are available
and can be inlaid with a genuine Irish Penny, a unique feature as these
are no longer in circulation. Grab a piece of Irish history!
Looked after properly, your Weston Whistle will reward you with years of
For more detailed descriptions of my instruments, please feel free to contact
me. Details below:
to download a Tony Hinnigan review of my Blackwood