Uilleann Pipes Reed Making Guide

7. The Scrape.


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

Take a very sharp knife and carefully carve away the bark until you'll end up with something that looks like a church window or a finger nail.

Don't carve to deep especially on the base of the reed close to the binding because in this area 'lives' the E and E'.
Now carve the 'second' scrape. Just remove cane on the sides, leave the center of the reed as it was. If you make the center to thin you'll end up with a reed that is reluctant to play in the second octave.
Stop when you have something like this.
Use sandpaper to remove all the irregularity's. Make sure that the scrapes are identical on both sides. If they're not you'll get a squeaky reed.
Thin the blades down until the lips are ± 0,25 mm thick. (If you use hard cane you can make them thinner)
When done it will looks like this.
Use a knife to get the 'second scrape' back, but very gently.
When done it will looks like this.


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