Tools of the Trade


Pipe-making generally falls into two categories: industrial and peasant. The former can be seen with such instruments as the Highland pipes and Northumbrian smallpipes, and dare I say it, the work of such as Jon Swayne. The instruments themselves are examples of precision engineering, beautifully made on the whole. The second category includes basically homemade instruments, often made by the player themselves or at least by a similar person who has discovered a lucrative sideline making similar instruments for others.

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