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Pipecraft Course: Making a Wooden Chanter Cap with Bill Haneman
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Three-day course on making a wooden chanter cap to take place at Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre with pipemaker Bill Haneman. Tuesday 26th October through Thursday 28th October 2021, three days inclusive, 9.30am – 4.30pm each day.

This course will introduce a number of wood and metal working techniques that are often omitted from a basic chanter making course, and is designed to complement such a course.  These techniques are important to other aspects of pipe making, such as the making of drones and mainstocks.  Activities include:

  • Boring/drilling and reaming a cylinder from a wooden billet; 
  • Exterior turning and finishing;
  • Forming, brazing, spinning and decorating ferrules from sheet metal;
  • Bending brass tubing;
  • Machining “free machining” brass;
  • Brazing multiple components into one piece;
  • Forming thread recesses and binding/hemping.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have completed a wooden chanter cap with a “swan neck” type top inlet.  Time and attendance permitting, participants will have the option of making a braced side inlet timber cap instead.

Cost for the course is €120 for members / €150 for non-members. (Membership can be purchased on the Na Píobairí Uilleann website).

Student numbers will be strictly limited in consideration of COVID-19. Please contact Na Píobairí Uilleann by email to or by calling +353-1-8730093 for more information and to sign-up.

All participants will be required to adhere to all health and safety protocols in place at PipeCraft, including those specific to COVID-19.

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