|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 21/01/2016
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.
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.