Workshop

Bagpipes are ancient instruments which have successfully maintained their authenticity throughout the centuries.
While we make this instrument in the present day we try to keep its thousand- year-old origins intact by reflecting on its past.
The whole process of making these instruments is important to us and we are passionate about making all our instruments by hand, using prime materials from natural resources.
The most important materials in making bagpipes are wood, cane and animal skin and we like to think that when they have fulfilled their purpose they will return to the earth that produced them.
We use native trees as much as possible and the wood is collected, seasoned and treated in the open air for several years before it can be worked on. It is finished and sealed with raw, cold pressed linseed oil which guarantees the preservation of the wood and the acoustic qualities.
The reeds of the drones and the chanter are made from the Arundo donax cane, a material which has been used for hundreds of years by musicians and instrument makers for its excellent acoustic qualities.
The bag itself comes from cow’s skin sewn by hand using linen thread treated and waterproofed using bees wax and rosin.

In the next gallery you can see various stages of bagpipes making process.
  • Seasoned wood
  • Turning a steel tapered reamer
  • Wood sawn to size
  • Wood ready to be machined
  • First roughing
  • Boring wood
  • Sections after a first boring process
  • Lining blowpipe and its stock with brass tube to protect it from moisture
  • Natural horn for decorative rings
  • Sawing horn for decorative rings
  • Horn ready to be bored
  • Bored horn
  • All the sections are bored to measure and horn mounted
  • Hollowing a bell
  • Different bells just hollowed
  • External shaping of a bell
  • External gouging of a drone section
  • Pipes turning done
  • Drone plug turning
  • Drone plugs
  • Pipes ready to be polished and oil treated
  • Clay model for a carved chanter stock
  • First roughing
  • First roughing by Master Paolo Marchi
  • First roughing by Master Paolo Marchi
  • Details carving
  • Preparation of sewing thread with rosin
  • Hand stitching a leather bag
  • Shaping a chanter reed
  • Binding a chanter reed
  • Working on a drone reed