|David O'Brien makes brass,
aluminum and wooden
pennywhistles in Campbell River,
British Columbia, Canada. These
are available in a variety of keys
and styles, as well as in sets with
one head joint and two or three
body tubes in different keys.
This page last updated on 25/05/2015
Here is an O'Brien copper
whistle that accompanied an
American medic in Iraq for
several years. Click here to read
some letters from the soldier
Here are a few photos of a new wood I can now offer. It is tempered birdseye
maple from a supplier in Arizona. Tempering is a process of heating the wood in
a low-oxygen environment. The result is more stable, darkened in colour and
more water-proof than the original wood. These photos do not do the grain
justice. It seems to move, depending on the direction of the light.
Here is a series of photos showing the
making of a pair of purpleheart Rovers.
The Whisolo is a keyed pennywhistle. It is made from a
standard piccolo body and the same mouthpiece I use on my
narrow-bore brass whistles. Click here to see photos and
hear samples. Here is a Youtube video where you can see it
put through its paces.
In the photo below you can see a C,D set of
pocket whistles in bocote. This is the last set of
whistles that will be made in my Chilliwack
shop. I will be moving soon and setting up shop
on Vancouver Island.