About My Pipe-making
I pay a lot of attention to the appearance, detail and finish of my pipes. The designs are very distinctive, formed using hand held tools; I pride myself on the beautiful, flowing 'lines', graceful shapes and individuality that result. They make my pipes very characteristic - they are immediately recognisable as pipes made by me.
All my wood is air-seasoned for at least three years. Once made, all the wooden parts of my pipes are soaked in linseed oil in a vacuum and pressure impregnation system that I have developed. This gets the oil very deep into the wood, adding stability and resilience and giving it a lovely mellow sheen which darkens over the years.
I have developed my own plastic reed design for my smallpipes, and I use plastic reeds wherever possible. They have a great tone as well as being stable and trouble-free, and are greatly appreciated by beginner and professional alike.
Each pipe is individual. I particularly enjoy making them, relishing the shapes and designs, working with various woods or incorporating special features such as horn mounts or smaller bell ends. I am happy to discuss the various possibilities so that together we can create a unique pipe for you.