We don't have regular store hours, as
we are too busy making instruments. However if you would like to visit
us to try out instruments before purchasing, or to see our workshop, call for
an appointment and directions.
Ralph Sweet: President/owner, designer and instrument maker, retired physics teacher, caller and teacher of contra and square dancing, fifer and drummer since 1946.
Hear Joseph play:
Joseph is our shop foreman,
in charge of scheduling production. He does wood turning, boring, sanding, voicing of whistles, and more. Joseph has been a member of four fife and drum corps, and a fife instructor for 8 corps. He is a military music historian focused on fife and drum, 18th century and earlier. He has played mandolin, fife, and whistle with several folk bands, including the Wild Colonial Boys, and still plays with The Jovial Crew every Monday evening at the Griswold Inn, of Essex, CT. and more. He perfected his skills for 14 years as the fife-maker at Cooperman Fife & Drum Co.
Mac was our voicer extraordinaire for pennywhistles, but got called back to his former job. He still helps us out occasionally with programming our CNC machines. Jonathan is a skilled player of Highland Bagpipes, Uillean pipes, Irish whistles and Flutes, and can often be seen at many of the jam sessions in the Hartford area and beyond.
Jason Phelps is our newest addition to the shop. He is essential to the preparation of the wood for our work, sanding, finishing, inventory, &c, bringing his years of carpentry into new use. He is an initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis and can be found at http://mithras-oto.org/, or here with us on most days.