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starting a business

Post by strangeconcept » Tue May 10, 2016 9:29 am

Hi to all. does anyone have experience in starting a pipemkaing busines? If so what would your advice be. Is it posible to make a living. could you give me an idea of what its like?

Tools used, machinery etc.

All ,if any insight, would be appreciated.

Thank you. :D

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Re: starting a business

Post by tcm » Wed May 11, 2016 4:58 am

Pipe making isn't really a business you can just 'start' it isn't just a question of getting the right tools and materials and off you go - you have to be able to make pipes and the fact that you are asking about tools and machinery suggests you haven't yet begun. I would suggest you start by learning to make pipes and then come back in a few years time and ask about starting a business. There are more pipe makers and would be pipe makers around now than there have ever been so you really need to know what you are doing.

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Re: starting a business

Post by PJ » Wed May 11, 2016 2:12 pm

Na Piobairi Uilleann was involved in developing a course for teaching pipemaking, called Pipecraft. I don't know if it's still offered but it could be a place to start.

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Re: starting a business

Post by tompipes » Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:55 am

Like any new business it takes cash reserves and long hours.

However you learn your trade, you'll spend a good while making tools, preparing wood and seasoning wood.
You might be working for several months up to a year without any income so be prepared for that.
You can make an ok living but be ready to spend 50+ hours per week working alone so take up a hobby that gets you out of the workshop. Golf, darts, book club, whatever, you'll need something for your sanity.
It can get lonely but you'll have people stopping by from time to check out your work so try to have at least a finished practice set available for people to try, although it's not financially viable to have finished instruments laying around.

It can be very satisfying work too.


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