Master of the Craft: The music maker

In the fifth in a photographic series focused on the hands of artisans, we visit a man who turns simple planks of wood and metal pipes into objects that sing.

Music has a strong effect on the minds of men – it has for many years. Both the individual and the group use music to express emotion and spirituality. In this episode of Master of the Craft, we visit a man who makes traditional harpsichords and pipe organs by hand.

Bill Selway was a mechanical engineer before he became a carpenter. His tools are authentic, old school hand tools and he listens to baroque music while he works.

The process of building a single instrument and giving voice to the pipes and planks he works with can take years. Each instrument is built to the specifications of the historical year from which it comes.