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Replacing Artificial Ivory on Northumbrian Smallpipes

Northumbrian Smallpipes Ivory Replacement

It’s now illegal in the UK to buy or sell most items containing ivory.  Many historical set of Northumbrian Smallpipes were made with ivory end caps and fittings, and increasingly I’m being asked to replace these with artificial ivory.  Here’s a set of Northumbrian Smallpipes I’ve just finished work on.  The replacement parts can be seen fitted and in place with the original ivory parts on the table.

For more information on Northumbrian Smallpipes contact Kim@northumbrianpipes.co.uk

Northumbrian Pipes Chanter

Four Key Northumbrian Smallpipes Chanter

Northumbrian Small Pipes Four Key Chanter

One of the earliest tune books for the Northumbrian Smallpipes, the Peacock Manuscript first published in 1800, refers to “A Compleat Drawing of J.PEACOCK’S New Invented Pipe Chanter with the addition of Four Keys”.

Recently, I was asked to make one of these Northumbrian Smallpipes chanters.  Few have been made as they were quickly superseded by the seven key Northumbrian Smallpipes chanter.  However, they are lovely smallpipes chanters and are a joy to play.

For more information on Northumbrian Smallpipes contact Kim@kimbull.co.uk

Northumbrian Pipes and Border Pipes Bellows

Bellows for Border Pipes are traditionally a bit larger than bellows for Northumbrian Smallpipes.  Border Pipes use a little more air, so a larger supply helps the player with this.  I’ve recently made a set for my border pipes and here are some pictures-

Border Pipes Bellows

Pipes Bellows with Curved Cheeks

Pipe Bellows and Fittings

For more information about Northumbrian Smallpipes contact me on Kim@Northumbrianpipes.co.uk

Northumbrian Pipes – Reed Making Video

Lots of people are interested in making chanter reeds and every reed maker has a slightly different way of doing it.  I’ve made a series of YouTube three videos showing my current method.  Here’s part one.

For more information please contact me at Kim@northumbrianpipes.co.uk

Northumbrian Pipes Maker – Dealing with Smelly Old Leather!

ABBS, or Armpitted and Boxed Bellows Syndrome –   you know, the rancid smell that’s takes over the room when you get an old set of bellows which have been shut in a box for decades.  Getting rid of the awful smell can be a real problem.  Leather doesn’t like being washed.  Too much water and cleaning chemicals can damage or ruin it.

I gave this set a light clean with a soap, then nourished the leather with dubbin mixed with a few drops of scented oil.  If the problem persists, a few drops of scented oil dripped in through the bellows inlet can do the trick.

People will queue up to sit next to you as you emit pleasant odours as you play!

For more information contact Kim@Northumbrianpipes.co.uk

 

Northumbrian Pipemaker – Refurbishing a set of Northumbrian Pipes

Northumbrian Small Pipes Fettling

Here’s a 9 key set of Northumbrian Pipes in need of restoration.  The bag was old and leaking and the set needed stripping down and a thorough clean.  A build up of dirt in the bore was deadening the tone and once cleaned and fitted with new reeds the set was singing again.

The set as it came in

The set as it came in

 

 

Stripped down and cleaned. Ready for new reeds and a new bag.

Stripped down and cleaned. Ready for new reeds and a new bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information contact Kim@northumbrianpipes.co.uk

Northumbrian Smallpipes 7 key Set

I’ve just completed the commission of a 7 key set in Blackwood and Brass, with imitation ivory end caps for delivery to Italy.

Turning the Drones

Turning the Drones

 

 

Making the Chanter

Making the Chanter

 

 

Forging the Keys

Forging the Keys

 

 

Hard wear complete and ready to tie into the bag

Parts Complete and Ready to tie into the Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tying Stocks into the Hand Stitched Leather Bag

Tying Stocks into the Hand Stitched Leather Bag

 

 

Stitching up the Bellows

Stitching up the Bellows

 

 

The Completed Bellows

The Completed Bellows

 

 

 

Northumbrian Pipes

Northumbrian Pipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Northumbrian Smallpipes contact me at Kim@Northumbrianpipes.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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