Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition


Note by Note at the Rose Theatre, Port Townsend

Rocky, who runs the exquisite Rose Theatre in Port Townsend, called to remind us that Note by Note is showing only at 4:00pm and finishes on Thursday 4/10.

"Note by Note - The Making of Steinway L1037"
In our age of mass production and consumption, what is the role of the musician - both an instrument's craftsman and its player? Musically, what have we gained? More importantly, what are we losing?

The most thoroughly handcrafted instruments in the world, Steinway pianos are as unique and full of personality as the world-class musicians who play them. However, their makers are a dying breed: skilled cabinet-makers, gifted tuners, thorough hand-crafters.

Note by Note is an independent feature-length documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037 - from forest floor to concert hall. It is a loving celebration of not just craftsmanship, but of a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. In the end, this is an ode to the most unexpected, and perhaps ironic, of unsung heroes. It reminds us how extraordinary the dialogue can be between an artist and an instrument - crafted out of human hands but borne of the materials of nature.