|David O'Brien makes brass,
aluminum and wooden
pennywhistles in Chilliwack,
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 10/07/2014
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.
|In the photo below, you can see a
couple of new types of wood I am
offering. On the left is Indian ebony
and on the right, granadillo.
Granadillo is from Central America
and is used for marimba bars. It is
very hard, takes a nice shine and
makes a great sounding whistle.
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.