Pipehacker Project: Rebuild and Resurrect a Practice Chanter Reed

Friday, June 24, 2011
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Never chuck a good reed. Wait. Did I say that already once before? Well, it’s true, and if you’ve been at this bagpipes thing for any length of…

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The Salvaged Wood Smallpipe

Monday, June 20, 2011
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Fellow bagpipe addict and pipehacker-in-training Johnny L. stopped by for a visit recently and he is the first recipient of the “Pipehacker DIYB award.” OK, I made that…

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4 Steps to Revive Dead Chanter Reeds

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Never chuck a good reed. A good chanter reed that has served you well may still do so even after it has dried out or turned “wimpy.” As…

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Pipehacker Project: The Personal Reed Case

Friday, February 4, 2011
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An enterprising bagpiper can accumulate a large number of chanter reeds over time. But once you find those choice bits of cane, what do you do with them?…

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Pipehacker Tip: Bagpipe Bag Hole Punch

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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For those new to the hide bag tie-in, it has always been necessary to measure out and place the spots where your stocks will insert. A quarter-sized hole is then cut into the leather and the stock pushed through. The trick is always to get as round a hole as possible. The more perfectly circular the hole, the less likely it will be to tear when you push your stock through. The only way to do this well is to have an ideally sized “punch” to stamp out that hole.

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