Original Clarke Tinwhistle
Natural tin color - Key of D or C
June 24th, 2014 - Please Note:
It appears that Clarke has discontinued the "Natural" Original Clark Whistle.
Now, in addition to the Black Original Clarke Whistle, they are now also making a Silver-painted version of the Original Clarke Whistle.
This is an Original Clarke Tinwhistle, with a natural
finish. The whistle is made of tin-plate, and has a wooden fipple (mouthpiece), giving it
a warm, flute-like tone. Also included is a song sheet with fingering chart.
A natural Tinwhistle takes on a "well played" look
in no time. Click here for a look at a "Broken-in"
natural Clarke whistle.
Clarke has been making their Penny Whistles, basically
unchanged, since 1843. Look below for the Robert Clarke story.
The Robert Clarke Story:
- In 1843, Robert Clarke a poor farm laborer left his employer after having been unjustly
accused of dishonesty. He was a talented amateur musician and played a wooden whistle. He
developed the idea of copying his whistle but used tinplate to do so. He made the block in
the mouthpiece out of wood which he cut into shape using a homemade saw. This saw started
life as one of his wife's corset stays! Then he decided to mass produce his new style of
whistle. He loaded the necessary materials and his simple tools onto a handbarrow and,
together with his son, walked all the way from Suffolk to Manchester. On the way he would
set up his workshop barrow in market places, showing how the whistles were made and
selling them. He would also play for the entertainment of the crowds that gathered round.
His most popular piece was "Danny Boy". It is said that the whole busy market
would stop and listen when he played this piece.
(Don't forget to order a Whistle Pouch for your whistle!)
Original Clarke, Natural Finish
Price - $14.00