Uilleann Pipes Reed Making Guide

4. The Head.


Introduction | Tools and materials | Links

| 1. Preparing the Slip | 2. Gouging the Slip | 3. Gouging the Tone chamber | 4. The Head |
| 5. The Staple | 6. Tying the Head to the Staple | 7. The Scrape | 8. The Bridle |

Soundsample 'Crow' without bridle 94K | Soundsample 'Crow' with bridle 94K
Soundsample of the reed playing in a Charles Roberts chanter up to d''' 495K

For more info, problems, et. e-mail Evertjan 't Hart HartDD@wxs.nl

Copyright 1999 Evertjan 't Hart

Use a small triangle file to go trough the bark of the cane.
Cut the slip in two as straight as possible.
Nice isn't it?
Tie the two halves together -firm but gently- with waxed dental floss or something like that. Up to the half of the head.
Make sure it's aligned on all sides.
Use a pencil to mark the 30 mm line on both sides of the head.
Round off the shoulders in 5 strokes.
Chamfer the tails from the 30 mm line on the sides.
The head is now ready to be tied to the staple.


Introduction | Tools and materials | Links

| 1. Preparing the Slip | 2. Gouging the Slip | 3. Gouging the Tone chamber | 4. The Head |
| 5. The Staple | 6. Tying the Head to the Staple | 7. The Scrape | 8. The Bridle |

Soundsample 'Crow' without bridle 94K | Soundsample 'Crow' with bridle 94K
Soundsample of the reed playing in a Charles Roberts chanter up to d''' 495K

For more info, problems, et. e-mail Evertjan 't Hart HartDD@wxs.nl

Copyright 1999 Evertjan 't Hart