Olwell Flutes: Omage

Olwell Flutes: Omage

Until recently my old pal Patrick Olwell had a minimal net presence. It is only within the past couple of years that his son, Matthew, and I established a Facebook presence. And it is only within the past year that the workshop developed a website: https://www.olwellflutes.com/

The blog on the website is an ongoing discussion of the physics and aesthetics of flutes and flute making, from which we can learn a great deal about the process of making, voicing, and fine-tuning a flute. The website is a wonderful addition to the DVD made a few years ago by Jem Moore. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/keymaster

Olwell is continually developing what is already as fine a flute as has ever been made by any maker living or dead. I mean no disrespect to other makers (I also play flutes made by Chris Wilkes and Martin Doyle). Other flute-makers have enormous respect for Olwell and so many legendary players play his flutes that is impossible to name them all. Flutes that Olwell made thirty years ago are so strikingly good that it is hard to believe that his recent flutes could get any better — and better yet again — as time goes by. But they do.

I offer this to honor a thirty year friendship and in light of his coming birthday. Here’s to you, Paddy. More power to your elbow.

Re: Olwell Flutes: Omage

Middle English usage?

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Omage is Old French and Middle English. Some people pronounce homage that way. But I have never seen that orthography.

Anyway, all the best!

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Thank you for posting this David, and for reminding us of the achievements of this craftsman.

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My keyless, Pratten-style Olwell flute is awesome. For over 30 years I have loved that flute and it’s sound has gotten better with its age.

The video link that David Levine shared to Jem Moore’s documentary is worth seeing for flute lovers. There are a lot of good flute players in the video. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/keymaster

I’m pleased that his sons are continuing the flute business. There is some magic in the Olwell flutes.

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I got my Olwell Keyless Pratten at the end of March. Such a beautiful instrument. It makes me want to play every day. I’ll be playing it the rest of my life and then (hopefully) my children will continue.