Monthly Archives: June, 2009
Zoukfest 2009 is over, and it was both great fun and informative. Zoukfest was held in Albuquerque for the first time, over three days, at UNM, June 12-14. This is a shorter Zoukfest than in the past, but my understanding was that attendance was up, probably due to the easily accessible Albuquerque location. Attendees came [...]
Note to self: when drilling ebony, go slow, in tiny increments, and use some sort of lube, lest it crack! 100RPM drilling seems too fast. Cracks develop internally and you don’t even know they exist until they reveal themselves during turning.
An essential book for the pipemakers library bookshelf is:
The Complete Metalsmith. An Illustrated Handbook, by Tim McCreight
In one form or another, this book encapsulates much of the knowledge needed to work with the metal components of Uilleann Bagpipes. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Great tips on silver soldering, annealing, and pickling, among other things.