Heres an interesting charming and perhaps even useful set of great highland bagpipe plans and instructions published in england in 1908 as a series in four issues of the periodical work the illustrated weekly journal of handicrafts we purchased this series for rather too much money specifically to make it available here. One of my long term goals has always been to learn to play the great highland bagpipes.
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In the past many different woods have been used in bagpipe making including laburnum holly pear ebony cocus and cocobolo the last two from central america.
Bagpipe making plans. Bagpipe making plans in the group youtube. As i go down the path of discovery i will informally document and photograph the journey. The video gives insights in the excellent making of a m7 bagpipe out of blackwood and hand engraved sterling silver parts by the master craftsman ian d murraytraditional bagpipe maker alan waldron talks about making and restoring highland bagpipes with one or two anecedotes.
The wood used today in bagpipe making as well as making other woodwinds is dalbergia melanoxylon commonly known as african blackwood. Office work sourcing all the materials collecting them making tools making the bagpipes displaying them repairs to old bagpipes researching history writing letters and articles lecturingperforming answering emails and the phone sweeping the floor packing my pipes walking to the post office repairs to my workshop and much much more. Bagpipe making plans youtube broadcast.
Borderpipes 2650 brass ferrules 1880s glen reel pipe reproduction 3000 from an antique reelpipe in my personal collection stamped david glen edinburgh. We thought this would be a good opportunity to combine the photographs into an article showing how a set of bagpipes are turned. It must be straight grained properly seasoned and free from defect.
The video gives insights in the excellent making of a m7 bagpipe out of blackwood and hand engraved sterling silver parts by the master craftsman ian d murraytraditional bagpipe maker alan waldron talks about making and restoring highland bagpipes with one or two anecedotesmaster bagpipe maker brian donaldson. In doing so it opens and closes as many as a thousand times a second. Some stability tuning and tone issues are adjusted in the reed and some in the woodwork of the chanter.
I make all my own bags bellows drone reeds and most of my chanter reeds which enables me keep my prices down as i dont have to up charge customers for imported components. The timber is supplied in a rough sawn state cut into blocks square in section and of a finished length. As a result how its construction influences its motion and interaction with the acoustical standing wave on the bore is hard to picture.
On the occasion of the new millennium i decided it was time to do something about it. A number of fairly cheap cad packages are available and unrestricted free copies of some of these are occasionally found on pc magazine covers including in recent months turbocad 2 autosketch 5 and intellicad and on request copies of the drawings can be sent as e mail attachments in formats suitable for opening in these. Bagpipe making plans youtube broadcast.
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