Formerly known as the Repair Shoppe, Bellingham Wind Works has a history in Bellingham and the surrounding area for providing the highest quality wind instrument and string repair. We regularly receive and repair instruments from all over the country, specializing in double reeds and saxophones. Our string technicians comprise Guitar Doctor, with more than 35 years establishing a great reputation in the Northwest. With four highly-trained wind repair techs and two experienced string techs, we have established a solid reputation for quick turnarounds and friendly, knowledgeable service.
Our goal is to offer services that aren’t being fully met to the musicians, teachers and students of Whatcom and Skagit Counties. With the closing of several music stores lately, we noticed that few shops carry the level of wind accessories we know players and educators need. In December 2012 we expanded our business to include accessories for brass and woodwinds, including professional-level reeds and mouthpieces, as well as a full array of wind player needs.
Likewise, Bellingham and the surrounding areas lack sufficient quantities and selection of rental horns. We now offer both the standard rental horns as well as the less common and harder-to-find rental instruments. We will strive to provide beginner, “step-up” and professional level horns. In fall of 2015, we will begin offering string rentals as well.
Ed began working in musical instrument repair in 1999, when he worked with David Laws in a local music store. He received his Certificate in Band Instrument Repair in 2001 from Red Wing Technical College (Now Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical) and returned to Bellingham. In 2005 he purchased the facility he was working in and named it The Repair Shoppe. In 2011, the shop moved to its current location and became Bellingham Wind Works. He is the proud owner of a magnificent beard.
David Payne was invited to bring his extensive knowledge and experience of music retail to the Wind Works team in 2013. A professional musician for 35+ years and luthier for 34 years, David, AKA Guitar Doctor, was formerly located in the basement of the Make.Shift work and art space. Working in local music stores for more than 15 years, Dave brings his skills to Wind Works with a smile and a thumbs up. He is the third David to join our team, and at the shop, usually goes by Dave to differentiate himself. David’s favorite color is green.
Kat earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Western Washington University in 2005. After teaching band locally for two years, she returned to school and graduated from the Musical Instrument Repair Technician program at Renton Technical College in 2007. Kat began working at Bellingham Wind Works in 2009 and her favorite cheese is Camembert or Triple Cream Brie.
Isaiah was recommended to Ed by a local music teacher for his curiosity about how musical instruments work, and joined us in the summer of 2012. He graduated from high school in 2013 and recently graduated Renton Technical College’ Band Instrument Repair Technology program (2014). He is our resident trombonist and his favorite instrument to work on is tuba. Isaiah is the Wind Works Brute Squad.
David has worked with Bellingham Wind Works since 2004. David has been a private teacher for more than thirty years, has studied music performance, and works as a church musician. Professional gigs include performance on keyboards, bass, guitar, mandolin, and clarinet. He performs with two local school music teachers in a jazz combo, and plays in the pit for school musicals. His favorite tree is Western Yew (Taxis brevifolia Nutt).
David worked in music stores for eighteen years, from Federal Way to Marysville. In 1993 he moved to Bellingham and opened his own shop. He accepted the teaching position at Renton Technical College’s Musical Instrument Repair Technician Program, and retired in 1999, returning to Bellingham to do repairs for a local store. He currently works part-time for Bellingham Wind Works.
Kat’s mother Shirley serves as part-time office manager, acquisitions and bookkeeper. She is a retired manager of public health programs funded through federal, state and local revenues, and has additional experience as the interim Executive Director of a small nonprofit. She cultivates orchids and a Meyer lemon tree.