|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 01/04/2016
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.
New Case Design for multi-body sets-
Here are some photos of a bocote D, C, Eb set
with a seven pocket drawstring bag. It has three
front pockets and four back pockets. A similar
case is available for two body sets.
Brand new: The VC Rover
The VC Rover has volume control. The window adjusts from regular to narrow
to allow for quiet practice. This feature can be added to any Rover for an
additional C$20. Click here for a tune played twice, first with the VC in quiet
position and then with it fully open. You will notice that the VC ring lowers the
pitch of the whistle slightly. The VC ring is removable.
Here are a couple of tunes, played on bocote Rovers by
Ciaran De Bhal (Fleadh Cheoil) of County Louth, Ireland:
The Longford Spinster