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Holy Family Students Visit Organ Workshop
On a wintry day in January Mrs Crossthwaite and six students from Holy Family School, accompanied by Chris Redding from Holy Family Church, took a trip to visit John Clough’s organ workshop in Tong.
Snow covered the ground and large lumps of snow fell from the mini-bus roof as it passed though beautiful countryside and over speed bumps on Tong Lane.
The restoration of the historic pipe organ from Holy Family Church was well under way at the workshop and the students learned about the organ and the restoration process. John Clough has sixty years experience with organ building and is aiming to have the organ re-installed by Easter this year (2013)
Looking at the new air blower and sound proof box with restored pedals in the foreground.
restored console using reclaimed ivory.
Restored rollers for the pedal organ.
Demonstrating a pipe working using a model bellows.
lot of leather is used in the restoration. Leather from cattle for
the pallet seals and white flexible sheepskin leather for the for the
of the pallets.
Origin and Development
Press Release 16th October 2012 doc
YEP Article November 2012
Organ Survey pdf
Organ Builders Quotation pdf
Organ before removal
(sights and sounds)
Removal on 5th and 6th November 2012
Visit to the workshop on 23rd January 2013