Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 10, Page 6

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 10, Page 6
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Píobaire, An
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I I JM L -I-aTHE SALAMANCAAN AMERICAN PIPEMAKERPatrick Henley is a self taught pipemaker and craftsman of the first water, who startedmaking the pipes over fifty years ago after hearing a piper play for the first time. Hewas so impressed by the sound of the pipes that he decided to see if he could make a setof his own. After many years of experfmenflng, and learning such out-of-the-wayskills as metallurgy and blacksmifhing, and already being a cabinet maker, he succeededin making the proper tools for creating a set of pipes. I was slunned by his shop: every-thing in it was hand made, including the saws, the lathes, everything. He told me thatin order to make a reamer he had to learn blacksmithing: he took a large file, heated itto the proper temperalure in the forge and then he drew it out into a iong chanter reemer.He also experimented with different woods and designs for the pipe and finally settled ona design not unlike the Taylor Pipes of Philadelphia. He has made around twenty full setsof pipes over the years bu,t spent most of his time repairing pipes for the professionalmusicians. He showed me two sets of concert pitch pipes that he had made, one the usualfull set, the other having five regulators instead of three.Patrick Sky (Member),Charlestown R.l., U.S.A.(80)I lII i r aII S -aASi IA.7a-u-Ir - -VSI1i.I- LI1 LL_1 -11- a-IIL . .-
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Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 10

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