Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 3, Page 10

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 3, Page 10
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(29)Fig. 13 At this stage, take the job very kindly as its here youll break or make a reed.Scrape with a very sharp edge and rub on sandpaper, side by side, with the staple end inyour right hand which should be tilted upwards in order to thin out the lips. Now andagain squeeze the head with finger and thumb to test the lips opening. When the reedspeates put on the brindle. This is slightly heavier gauge than the staple, cut in 1lengths 1/8 wide, cleaned and filed clean of sharp edges. Bend around the reed nearwax end and squeeze tight so that the lips open slightly to enable you to finish thescraping. When the reed gives a steely sound with a crow, you shellac the bindingand leave to dry out on a nail. I make the reed long in order to allow for cutting thehead if too flat. Also the staple is long so that you may file it down to shorten the lengthof the reed.Fig. 14 Shooting board of hardwood 6 x 2, a block on top and bottom with 2 screws.Fig. 15 Hollowed out with sharp gouge 1 wide.Fig. 16 Block of hardboard 2k x 2 with groove cut down to in depth for makingyour staple.Fig. 17 Metal staple made from steel or mudgard wire 5/32 thick filed down (nothammered flat) about 1 - from one end to form an eye.Fig. 18 Strip of fine gauge copper cut to 2 long by a full i- in width and filed orsnibbedfrom halfway down on both sides.FIg. 19 Narrow strip at one end.Fig. 20 The strip of copper is laid across the groove on the block and the steel rod placedover the groove and tapped with block of wood down into the groove making the copperlap around the rod. Keep tapping and turning the rod on flat surface until completelyround. Run the staple to the narrow end and tap both sides to form a perfect eye. Fileboth ends of staple to eye. Thin brass can also be used but must be heated and plungedinto water to soften metal.Cane Suppliers: Francisco Medir Gallart,Ca lie Jose Antonio, 34Palamos,Gerona,Spain.Cane forTenor Quills 7/32 or 5/6 mmBaritone or 6/7 mmBass 5/16 or 7/8 mmChanter reeds Slips 9 long x 1 diameter.D. ODOWD.THE ULSTER SOLUTIONThen tie the two with a single strand of unwaxed hemp and point more completely. IFind 2 strands of hemp nicely waxed and not twisted makes a better and more airtight tieing thana thicker wax end. When the staple is in position, and when tieing it, have it fairly close, thecane I mean, to the staple till you come up a bit. But before you come near the end of thestaple tie a strand of unwaxed hemp about 6 or 8 longabout above the end oflT e staple.10
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