Profession organ builder

Organ builders create and assemble parts to build organs according to specified instructions or diagrams. They sand wood, tune, test and inspect the finished instrument.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Metalworking

    The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.

  • Musical instruments materials

    The characteristics of composite materials, felts, glues, leathers and skins, metals and precious metals, woods and wood derivatives to create musical instruments.

  • Tuning techniques

    Tuning pitches and techniques and musical temperaments for the various instruments.

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

Skills

  • Maintain musical instruments

    Check and maintain musical instruments.

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Repair musical instruments

    Attach new strings, fix frames or replace broken parts of musical instruments.

  • Create musical instrument parts

    Design and create parts such as keys, reeds, bows, and others for musical instruments.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Assemble musical instrument parts

    Assemble parts together such as the body, strings, buttons, keys, and others to create the final musical instrument.

  • Join wood elements

    Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.

  • Produce organ components

    Choose the appropriate materials and tools, and build the different parts of an organ such as wind chests, pipes, bellows, keyboards, pedals, organ consoles and cases.

  • Tune keyboard music instruments

    Tune any parts of keyboard musical instruments that are off-key, by using various tuning techniques.

  • Install organs

    Assemble, install and tune the organ according to the accoustical characteristics of its final location.

  • Restore musical instruments

    Restore old musical instruments to their original condition and conserve them in that state.

  • Create wood joints

    Use the proper tools and processes to create the joints where multiple pieces of wood fit together.

Optional knowledge and skills

estimate value of musical instruments play musical instruments acoustics apply restoration techniques build a product's physical model design musical instruments trade in musical instruments dye wood evaluate restoration procedures develop design plans stain wood 3d modelling pass on trade techniques identify customer's needs organic building materials musical instrument accessories conservation techniques select restoration activities decorate musical instruments technical drawings history of musical instruments estimate restoration costs verify product specifications