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
Copper is a beautiful material to work, the finished instruments being
polished to a high lustre. This finish can be maintained with regular treatment
or the whistle can be left to patinate naturally, to a deep nutty brown with
beautiful deep blue and crimson highlights.
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instruments are also hand made and offer the player
greater volume and resilience. These also can be
fitted with tuning slides
Every whistle is made to order and comes supplied with a numbered Certificate. Being made to order, 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 for both the wood and copper
whistles. These are 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:
for a Tony Hinnigan review of my Blackwood