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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  Few have been made as they were quickly superseded by the seven key Northumbrian Smallpipes chanter.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 Pipes Maker – Making a Keyless Set

I was recently commissioned to make a keyless set of Northumbrian Pipes.  These are a rarely made, but early version of Northumbrian Smallpipe.

After initial turning of the blanks, I started work on the drones.

After initial turning of the blanks, I started work on the drones.

 

 

Keyless Northumbrian Pipes

Drones are completed and the Chanter turned.

 

 

Keyless Northumbrian Pipes

Tone holes are drilled in the Chanter.

 

 

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The Stocks are completed.

 

 

All parts complete and ready to fit to the bag and bellows

All parts complete and ready to fit to the bag and bellows

 

 

 

 

Bag fitting

Bag fitting

 

 

Complete with Bellows

Complete with Bellows

 

 

Elm Bellows

Elm Bellows

 

The Finished Keyless Set of Northumbrian Pipes

The Finished Keyless Set of Northumbrian Pipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Northumbrian Smallpipes – Drone Stocks

When starting a set, I quite like to building the drones from the stocks upwards.  This means I need to make the stock first, then rough out the standing sections and finally the sliding parts of each drone.  Following this plan, I’ve made up the drone stock for the keyless smallpipes set.

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Starting with a rounded length of blackwood and a section of brass tube.

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The Blackwood is roughly shaped and drilled to take the drones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The stock is reversed in the lathe and the taper shaped.

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Now the body of the stock is hollowed out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The brass ferrule is fitted and it’s ready for final polishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now this is complete I can start turning the drones and build the set up form this base.

For more information contact Kim@northumbrianpipes.co.uk

 

 

 

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