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.