Martin Preshaw

2015 QEST Carpenters' Company Scholar - Irish Union (Uilleann) Pipes

Martin custom-builds uilleann pipes for musicians around the world at his Fermanagh workshop, following traditional methods for pipe building including rolling tube from sheet brass and nickel silver and hand-forging keys. Although he was already extremely accomplished he was determined to keep refining his skills and applied to QEST in 2015.

With his QEST Scholarship Martin travelled to New York to train with David Quinn, one of the most celebrated instrument makers in this field. This raised the quality of Martin’s instrument-making and helped him uphold a tradition of excellence and fine workmanship which has been sadly lacking in the country since the golden era of the past masters.