Some Views of
Rudall, Carte & Co.'s Workshops
At 23, Berners Street
These images of Rudall Carte & Co workshops come from
the company's 1922 catalogue. Unfortunately, I have only a photocopy
of the catalogue to work from, but hopefully we will in future be able to
get a more direct scan of the images. I'm reproducing them here a
bit larger than life, which is no doubt going to make them very slow to
appear. In many ways they appear better in smaller size, but the
larger size might help you make out some details.
At some stage, I'll come back and point out some of the
interesting things we can see.
Now, before we leave these images, compare the second
one with this one, taken in 1956. It shows the renowned metal
flute maker, Albert Cooper, sitting at what is probably the same bench!
What makes me think so? Check out:
the bold groove running along the woodwork below the
the articulated pipe jutting out from the wall (gas
perhaps, for soldering?)
the rectangular wooden tool rack separating work
Not exactly state-of-the-art production facilities.
Rudall Carte was by this time owned by Boosey & Hawkes, but they too
were not heeding the call to modernise. By the time I visited
Boosey & Hawkes in London in 1974, there was gloom and despair
everywhere. The company limped along and was finally carved up in
Haynes Workshop, Boston 1904
Before we leave the subject of flute making workshop
photos, here's one Casey Burns alerted me to - this time a workshop from
the US. This one is much better detailed than the RC images.
The inscription on the back of the photo tells us were seeing the Wm. S.
Haynes Shop, 170 Washington Street, Boston in 1904. From left to
right we have: John Schwelm, Horace La Branche, Wm R. Reitzel and Wm S.
This link should take you to a nice big image. If it fails, go to
the Dayton C Miller collection and search for Haynes: