Saxophones to be made from melted down British and German shells

The centenary of the end of the Great War is being marked in Bruges in a special way.  Saxophone maker Karel Goetghebeur is producing 200 saxophones from British and German garnet shells that have been melted down.  It forms part of a very original project to mark the end of the Great War in Flanders.

The garnet shells still have to be collected and a special collection will be staged before Christmas.  The garnet sleeves are made of bronze and brass, the basic material for saxophones.  In all many shell cases are needed to produce some 200 saxophones. The new saxophones should be available within the year.

The instruments will bear a special engraving of the Flemish peace monument at Diksmuide, the IJzer Tower, and the Pax Gate also in Diksmuide as well as the Menin Gate.

Karel Goetghebeur has more plans: next year he would like to see four 12-year-olds play The Last Post on the instruments at the Menin Gate in Ieper.  The Gate is a memorial to all British and Commonwealth soldiers of the Great War with no known grave.