Tim has his hand in many aspects of a new Nichols & Simpson pipe organ. Tim is responsible for much of the electrical wiring and internal windchest action in our instruments, and he constructs our unique pneumatic cylinder stop actions and expression engines. Tim is often found on the jobsite, resolving any number of assorted details in order to make things work as elegantly as possible. He also performs much of our tuning and service work, taking good care of a wide variety of existing organs of all shapes, sizes, and mechanisms.
Tim was bitten by the “pipe organ bug” as a teenage music student bored with the sonic limits of the piano. This frustration led to organ lessons, which led to meeting the organ curator, who noticed Tim’s mechanical aptitude, and eventually needed help with a repair in a very small area of that instrument. With this initial inside glimpse of the wonderful machine that is a pipe organ, he was hooked. Before joining Nichols & Simpson in 1994, he worked for two other organ companies close to his hometown of Galesburg, Illinois.
Tim is a Regular Member of the American Institute of Organbuilders and has served as AIO Convention Exhibits Coordinator since 2001. He also supports the Organ Historical Society, and has been privileged to occasionally contribute to efforts to prepare interesting old instruments for presentation at their annual conventions.
Jorge is a native of Colombia in South America, where he studied furniture design and construction and mass production. Upon his arrival in the United States with his charming wife Lina, he worked for a time in museum-quality antique restoration before moving to Newport, Arkansas. There, he caught the attention of a Nichols & Simpson client who told us of his remarkable artistry and suggested that we interview him.
As soon as we saw his work, we knew he would be a valuable asset to Nichols & Simpson. The strikingly beautiful cases on the organ at Hendrix College are largely his work; when you look at them, you will know why we are so proud to have him as a part of our team.
Duane came to Nichols & Simpson from one of our sub-contractors, where he had built for himself an impressive reputation in the fields of furniture and cabinet construction. In a relatively short period of time, Duane has become quite proficient in the art of building organ windchests. We at Nichols & Simpson are especially impressed with the obvious pride Duane takes in the work he does. His attention to detail and his “fussiness” about getting things exactly right are part of what makes him an excellent team player here at Nichols & Simpson. In September, 2003, Duane, a proud member of the Army National Guard, was activated for the first of two tours of duty in Iraq. Since returning to Nichols & Simpson, Duane has completed coursework and earned an Associate of Science degree in General Studies, with honors!