Instrument Makers & Vendors
The musical instrument makers and vendors that come to The Pipers' Gathering are true artisans in every sense of the word. They create an object of art that a musician uses to create musical art. Their biographies, contact information and pictures can be found below. This page lists those makers and vendors who have previously participated in The Piper's Gathering.
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|BC Childress is a pipemaker (specializing in the manufacture of the Irish Uilleann Pipes) who has been making the Uilleann Pipes since 1987. BC has been featured as a guest piper on several recordings, as well as having his pipemaking work show up in a major motion picture. Supplying Uilleann pipes to both amateur and professional pipers has become a full-time pleasure for BC. African Blackwood, Rosewood, Cocobolo, brass and all manner of custom work are available. Repairs and restorations are also carried out in the BC Childress workshop.|
|Michael Dow has been a professional woodworker for well over 30 years
and makes his living as a hand, architectural woodcarver. His interest
in bagpipes started in 1974 and he made his first set of Scottish smallpipes
and bellows around 1989. At the request of Jerry O'Sullivan a few years
later, his uilleann bellows were developed.
- Jerry O'Sullivan - 2000
Please visit his web site at www.archcarving.com for more information.
|Seth Gallagher learned instrument making at the world renowned Von Huene Workshop in Boston. For the past five years he has been making Irish Uilleann bagpipes in Cold Spring, NY in the Hudson Valley|
|Since 1978, Gibson Bagpipes Inc has been producing some of the finest
quality instruments on the market. Praise from the highest caliber
of players as well as numerous awards in both solo and band arenas
speak for our standard of workmanship. We produce a complete line of
Highland bagpipes and accessories as well as our ever-popular Fireside
Pipes™ and Ceilidh Pipes™.
Jerry Gibson started piping at the age of 12 in the UK. He was taught by Pipe Major Ian Laidlaw of the famed Black Watch Regiment until he joined the Seaforth Highlanders in Invernesshire, Scotland. At the young age of 18, he was tutored by P/M Donald MacLeod at Fort George regimental Seaforth Depot and was then taught by P/M William MacLeod of the 1st Battalion in Gibraltar where he served as Depot Piper in 1957. Jerry's long history in pipe bands and extensive engineering capabilities has given him an advantage in designing some of the best sounding bagpipe products available today.
Jerry's extensive experience in manufacturing and design engineering has allowed him to produce some of the most innovative, precision quality products that are available for the today's pipers and pipe bands.
|Julian Goodacre has been a professional bagpipe maker
and researcher for twenty years. During this time, his pipes have acquired
a reputation for their quality of craftsmanship, design and reliability.
His pipemaking is based on being a piper himself. His pipes are based
on detailed measurements of museum examples or period illustrations.
He has developed all his pipes either for his own use, or in cooperation
with other pipers. He is an enthusiastic piper and tunesmith and is
always keen to help other players, and enjoys contact with his customers.
He personally reeds up and plays-in every set of new pipes for several
hours, taking great care with the voicing and tuning so that each one
leaves the work-shop ready to play. Out of concern for the world's
timber resources, he uses only British woods and has found that British
hardwoods and yew are ideal for pipemaking. They are stable, give a
good tone and are extremely attractive. Pipes are made from a choice
of hardwoods that he has in stock. Most of this wood has been cut up
and processed by himself. He knows where most of the trees have grown
and can often supply customers with photos of the actual tree their
pipes were made from. Pipes include: Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes,
18th century Scottish Highland pipes, Leicestershire pipes, English
greatpipes, Cornish double pipes, English double pipes. Durer bagpipe.
For nearly 20 years he has played with the English piping trio The Goodacre Brothers, who have recorded two CDs. In 2000 Julian released his solo CD 'Pipemaker Calls Yer Tunes'. He is now gaining a growing reputation for his performances, talks and lectures. He currently lectures for the Piping Degree Course at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Glasgow, Scotland.
|Sean is an English pipe maker who has been producing instruments
since the early nineties. Before becoming a full time maker, he was
a research and development engineer and before that a research scientist.
He has always had an interest in acoustics and has used this in the
development of his instruments. Originally specializing in recreating
historical bagpipes Sean has more recently developed his own smallpipes
and chromatic Border pipes with an extended range.
Sean’s focus has always been on the production of quality instruments that are stable and have good tone. To this end plastic and composite reeds are used throughout.
|Koehler & Quinn Irish Bagpipes|
|David Quinn started making bagpipes in the late 1970s. He moved to
Taiwan in 1988 and took a 9-year break from the business. Upon his
return he joined forces with his old friend Benedict Koehler and they
started the uilleann pipemaking business back up again. David holds
the probable distinction of being the most copied living pipemaker
in the world.
Benedict Koehler is one of the most methodical and certainly one of the best uilleann chanter reed makers alive today. He participates in all aspects of the business and also makes practice sets of uilleann pipes.
|Monroe Bridge Books|
With over 5,000 books in stock, Monroe Bridge Books specializes in used and rare - Scottish, Irish, Welsh English and Gaelic Books ( as well as an extensive general stock). Their inventory can be found on-line at the website link listed above. They also provide lists and catalogs that are subject specific - upon request.
Will gladly open by appointment, if you are in the area.
Monroe Bridge Books is a proud member of MARIAB, the Massachusetts & Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
|With the help of his father, Hamish Moore established his pipe-making
firm in 1985. Hamish's son, Fin joined the business in August 1997
to serve what is becoming an extended apprenticeship. They have now
completed over 700 set of pipes. The Scottish Small Pipe is still most
popular but recently there has been a big increase in numbers made
of both Border Pipes and bellows blown Highland Reel Pipes. The firm
also makes Highland Pipes in "A" and "Bb".
Hamish uses mainly Ebony and African Blackwood for Small Pipes and Box Wood, Yew and Pear for Border Pipes and Reel Pipes. Reeds are all cane and that has become somewhat a hall mark of the firm.
|Chris Pinchbeck has been playing Great Highland and Scottish Smallpipes
for over 15 yrs. He has been fine-tuning making Scottish Smallpipes
for equally as long. Along with the ability to supply drones of traditional
tuning style, he has developed a unique, professional quality, extended
tuning range drone assembly that expands the capability of the Scottish
Smallpipe to play tunes in a wider range of keys. These distinctive
drones can be conveniently tuned in performance to chanters keyed in
D,C, Bflat or A, with a handsome look and a beautiful sound. Teamed
with artisans with an equal love of the craft, Pinchbeck crafts high
quality instruments delivered with pride in workmanship and assurance
of their ability to please.
It all started with going to the country dance class
at the high school so that when I went to university I naturally
signed up to play for the sword dancers and the folk dancing group.
I was playing fiddle then and only came across the small pipes when
the dancers went out to events which included Scottish and Irish
dancers and music from Northumberland in the shape of two pipers
called Forster Charlton and Colin Caisley.
|Dudelsackbau T. Sonoda|
|T. Sonoda is a bagpipe maker in Bavaria, Germany. After learning skills from various craftsmen/women in Germany and Switzerland, he has opened his bagpipe-making studio in April 2008. He makes several bagpipes mainly those of European Continent, such as Bohemian Bock (Böhmischer Bock), Gaita Gallega (Galician bagpipe) and German historical bagpipes.|
|Uilleann Pipeworks of Boston|
|The Uilleann Pipeworks of Boston is a small start-up workshop in the greater Boston area. Their goal is to provide serious musicians with instruments that are both economically and aesthetically pleasing. Due to advances in materials, the Uilleann Pipeworks of Boston is able to work on a very short turnaround time while still achieving a traditional look feel, and sound. The business is owned and operated by Patrick Murray and Alex Bush who have been playing together and enjoying piping for over eight years.|
|The Wee Piper|
|Michael Mac Harg is a professional pipemaker and Celtic music seller who has been in the business for nearly 30 years. His specialties include the Scottish Highland pipes, Scottish Lowland pipes, Central French pipes and he also make bombards from Brittany. Michael restores and rebuilds all sorts of bagpipes. Michael specializes in pipebags for virtually all bagpipes. He also carries a large selection of French traditional music, to include hurdy gurdy and French bagpipe music.|
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