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by Kevin Popejoy
Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Nickel silver or sterling silver
Replies: 20
Views: 13288

Re: Nickel silver or sterling silver

What are the advantages of nickel silver over sterling silver, as far as uilleann pipes are concerned? Is one better than the other for keeping its shine, resisting damage, ressonance? I guess what I'm asking is if you have the choice between one or the other, which would you pick and why? Nickel s...
by Kevin Popejoy
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Thimble Method
Replies: 4
Views: 3443

Re: Thimble Method

Seems you would need some sort of washer between the bend and the ferrule. Any wise words :mrgreen: The only trick, if you can call it that, is to use a relatively thick piece of brass for the "washer". The thickness of the washer increases the surface area for the solder joint. This combined with ...
by Kevin Popejoy
Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Pipemaker documentary
Replies: 25
Views: 13740

Unless I'm missing something Nate turns Seth's pipes on a metal lathe which frees Seth to do other stuff. k
by Kevin Popejoy
Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Step-Boring
Replies: 12
Views: 10475

dirk the piper wrote:I'll figure out how to post some pictures soon. Good idea.

-Dirk
Hey Dirk,

Here's the address of the free hosting site I use. Very simple to use:

http://www.imageshack.us/

knock yourself out, k
by Kevin Popejoy
Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 33657

When I've been at it as long as you have, perhaps I'll change my tune. Thread under a drone slide ferrule is not adequate. No need to get snippy. djm Well d'uh. What do you expect? I have yet to see a set of pipes new or old that didn't use glue somewhere. To say that the use of glue is a sign of p...
by Kevin Popejoy
Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:25 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 33657

djm wrote: I believe glue is a sign of poor quality. If the set is made of properly cured wood, and the parts are machined well, thread should be the only method required, and easily added or removed over time as needed.

djm
Thanks djm, I'm sure pipemakers everywhere will appreciate your insight. k
by Kevin Popejoy
Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:48 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 33657

I suppose you could experiment with hot melt glue. I use stick shellac on the reed seat tube I install on chanters. If you want it out so you can use a traditional set up all you have to do is warm up the tube and it slips right out. I've never tried that on something like drone parts but it might b...
by Kevin Popejoy
Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:50 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 33657

DMQuinn wrote:
That's a good point. It almost never comes up. As it happens, though, I'm going to have to do it for a sinister customer out in California, as soon as I finish his new mirror-image stock. With the lapped joints, it's possible.
Well, besides him I mean. k
by Kevin Popejoy
Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:05 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 33657

I should think that if you used the old method of cementing the ends of the U-bends into sockets, that would pretty much commit you to a right-handed or left-handed setup. Using the thimbles commits you to seasonal maintenance, so ease of field stripping becomes an issue. Or you could epoxy the thi...
by Kevin Popejoy
Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:15 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 33657

Sorry Dirk, I didn't think to take a shot of a completed tube...although I have a couple pics of a finished set. Again, just click on the thumbnail for a bigger pic: http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7996/granadillo75av.th.jpg http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/4391/granadillo80ng.th.jpg Bending is pre...
by Kevin Popejoy
Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 33657

I fabricated my tube bending jig using readily available materials. Mr. Quinn was kind enough to give me some guidance. The design is relatively simple using a central wooden capstan and two bending arms. The capstan and blocks are easily changed out for different sized tubing. I use lead as a fille...
by Kevin Popejoy
Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:10 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Good Books?
Replies: 23
Views: 11954

I agree with Jonathan regarding McCreight. He has a whole rack of books on metal smithing. Don't overlook his jewelry making books. There are several well illustrated books on silver smithing and jewelry making available at the usual sources e.g. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. "The Complete Metalsmith...
by Kevin Popejoy
Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Looking forward to Springs.
Replies: 10
Views: 4480

Actually Ferree's is an excellent resource. They've never been that into the web so the site is so so. Just call them up and ask for a catalog. It has all the info you need for ordering the correct springs. Or you could ask them about it over the phone...whatever. I imagine it would be a lot cheaper...
by Kevin Popejoy
Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tools for pipemaking
Replies: 10
Views: 10090

Hi Billh, Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it A LOT! :D I think I may end up going for the metal lathe at first, I'm sure my wife's uncle will certainly give me pointer or two on workin' it. :) I currently have a 1/2 set of Robbie Hughes pipes of Co.Strangford N.Ireland, and I'll try calling Robb...
by Kevin Popejoy
Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tools for pipemaking
Replies: 10
Views: 10090

Gundrills are a nice time saver but are not required. With proper technique all step drilling on a chanter can be accomplished with inexpensive twist bits. Gun drills would be nice for boring out all the various parts on drones but there again, only a convenience not a requirement. I would only cons...