When the final design for an organ nears
completion the full shop turns its attention to the project. Shop
drawings are prepared either by hand or with AutoCAD detailing every
part. Metal is alloyed and cast in sheets from which pipes are made.
Seasoned lumber is purchased in the rough, then planed and sawn to
create the casework and myriad interior parts of the organ.
Keyboards of bone or exotic woods are constructed. Pipework is
shop-voiced to preliminary levels and prepared for final
installation. Pieces and sub-assemblies are brought together in our
30' by 60' set-up room and the organ is fully assembled and tested.
Client visits are welcomed throughout the process, but are
especially encouraged at the end when we host an Open Shop.
Click on the above image to see a larger view of the Opus 116 shop drawing.