The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts


Piano making


The making of pianos.


Status Critically endangered
Craft category Instruments
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees 1
Current no. of skilled craftspeople 6-10
Current total no. of craftspeople 6-10 (in one business) (see ‘Craftspeople currently known’ for further details)



Piano makingPiano making. Photo: www.cavendishpianos




Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft


Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known

  • Cavendish Pianos – based in Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire. 8 craftspeople, including three technicians, a piano designer, a cabinet maker, a furniture maker, a string maker and one apprentice. (The piano retailer Yorkshire Pianos Ltd. is home to the manufacturing premises of Cavendish Pianos.)


Other information