I’ve been so busy lately there’s been no time to write on the blog. It’s in the last week before going to Texas for a St Patrick’s Day tour and this month there are two projects for piper friends in Arkansas and Washington DC: a set of smallpipes and a historically inspired set of Border pipes.
Since it’s time for the North Texas Irish Festival soon I thought I’d better have a good supply of reeds for the smallpipes, border chanters, a friend’s Brueghel pipes, and a couple of rauschephiffes. This batch of reeds was made over a few days two weeks ago and left to settle while I did the bulk of the turning for the last couple of bagpipes.
On the Teribus website Richard and I are playing the Brueghel pipes with my chanter and the Texas Saloon pipe with the same chanter design. Basically it’s a Highland chanter in A set up with a custom reed to play loud or quiet, bellows or mouth-blown, and made to look the part.
On the picture below some of the reeds were made with French cane and some with California cane from Sampson Co.