Summer Projects

Summer has been a busy time at the shop, where we are working our way through several big maintenance projects. These include:

-Cleaning Op. 14 after smoke damage to the interior of the church
-New chest mechanics and improved structure to a Marshall-Bennet in Aurora, IN
-New reservoirs and re-leathering projects at several Indiana churches
-Cleaning pipework and repairing wind lines in Wanamaker, IN

Our pipe washing trays have been in constant use all summer...


This fall we look forward to replacing the mechanics and console controls at a church just blocks from the shop. Nice to work in the neighborhood from time to time!

Lexington Dedication

Op. 50 is at home! After 2 months of onsite installation and tuning, Good Shepherd Episcopal in Lexington, KY is home to Op. 50. On Friday, June 21st Good Shepherd organist John Linker and his colleagues Schuyler Robinson and Owen Sammons shared a wonderful recital to dedicate the organ. The church was filled to the brim with people, and it was so rewarding to hear everyone singing together on the opening hymn “When In Our Music God is Glorified”. We look forward to many more recitals and services at Good Shepherd, and are honored to have built an organ for this community. Dedication

Antiphonal installation

The Op. 50 Antiphonal division is installed! The cases and pipes are at home in Lexington, a teasing presence of the rest of the instrument to come. (The control systems, blower, and console are still on their way.) We probably received the most celebratory welcome ever: a full procession with robed choir, bag piper and a liturgy blessing the organ.

The church took both live webcast video and still time-lapse photos of the installation, available here:

We’ll be back on May 6th to install half of the front organ (and pick up more bourbon…)

Open House for Op. 50

The Open House for Lexington was a huge success. We had around 300 people walk through our doors, including a bus from Good Shepherd, local AGO members, and Indy residents who were walking the “First Friday” Gallery openings here on Mass Ave. John Linker played the first official piece for everyone assembled, and everyone had a chance to try out the console and see the [unstained] casework. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Lexington Open House 1

Lexington Open House 2

March update

Is it spring yet? All of Indy is buzzing about something, whether it’s the NCAA basketball tournament or the new Indycar design. Our corner of downtown is working hard at assembling Op. 50 in the erecting room. Who would have ever thought we’d be tight for space in that huge room… The Antiphonal divisions are winded and playing and will soon come down to be stained. Meanwhile the main organ is being wired to the switching system in preparation for the open house (the Friday after Easter…is that Great Friday?), Bob, Rob, and Kurt are busy on the main casework, and the rest of us are working on winding, shade frames, and loading unit chests with their pouches and bottom boards.

Stop by and see the progress if you are passing through! Before long it will be at home in Lexington.

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Ball State Recital

Last night we were thrilled to hear Paul Jacobs perform on Op. 45 at Ball State University. His playing was exciting and dynamic, performed completely from memory. We are grateful for the continued support from Ball State and the Sursa Family to the musical and artistic culture in Indiana and for making the organ a part of their concert series.
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Paul Jacobs at Ball State

We are all looking forward to a recital by Paul Jacobs at Ball State! Tickets for the concert on Sunday, February 24th at 7:30 can be found here.

2013 Indianapolis Pipe Organ Festival

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Indianapolis Pipe Organ Festival!

Goulding and Wood is once again honored that the concert will be played on
Op. 33 at St. Luke’s United Methodist on Sunday, February 10th, at 3pm. Local performers include Schuyler Brinson, Mark Herris, Charles Manning, Travis Person, Dawn Waddell, and G&W’s own David Sims. Check out the link below for ticket information, and we hope to see many of you there!


Happy New Year!

Happy 2013! After a brief spell of warm weather, it’s back to 20-deg days in Indy for the new year. Work continues on Op. 50: the Antiphonal cases are up, the wooden Trombone resonators are racked and in position, the front cases are being crafted while in the small parts room unit chests are getting pouches and springs installed.
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At the other end of the shop, Brandon is making his way through voicing the Antiphonal pipework. Look out: the Ant. Diapason and Diapason Celeste will make you melt. The console is stained, lacquered, and ready for the weeks of wiring ahead.
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We hope everyone has a safe and happy new year, and we look forward to installing Op. 50 in 2013!