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1st Nov 2012

20th Aug 2011
  • A new section describing the tool I built to help set-up chanter and drone reeds

20th Jan 2011
  • Extended top hand drilling dimensions for the concert G chanter added to the drawings page

28th July 2010
  • Bore dimension added to blowpipe stock ferrule
  • Blowpipe drawing for a John Dunn style blowpipe added
  • Guest book for Smallpipe related questions added to the front page

3rd July 2010
  • Page of pictures of Kathryn's 16 key F chanter added
  • Notes on tapered key pivot pins added to the design page

2nd July 2010
  • detail of the pad seat cutting tool added to the chanter page
  • link to bag maker added

1st July 2010
  • wrapping thread supplier added to the suppliers page

28th June 2010
  • Thoughts on the pitch and playing pressure added to the design page

20th June 2010
  • Drawing for 5 drone stock added (use the G set G drone for the F set A drone)

15th June 2010
  • CAD assembly model of the 7 keyed chanter added to CAD_tools page
  • New drawing of the 7 keys with overall dimensions added to the drawings page

14th June 2010
  • Position of the F# key on the 7 keyed set corrected now 155.2mm was 169.5 (the position for the f natural hole!)
  • Century Gothic font now available to download (see drawings page)

3rd June 2010
  • Design information for 5 drone sets

2nd June 2010
  • Important info on the design of the "D" chanter
  • 17 key chanter drawing with all the keys shown (a hand drawn drawing)
  • pictures for the double key making and jigs added to the Key page

30th May 2010
  • Drawings for the Concert Pitch "D" chanter
  • Chanter endcap added to the "sundry parts" drawing
  • Bellows outlet machining added to the bellows inlet drawing (new sheet 2)
  • Cane reed dimensions

28th May 2010
  • Drone tube drawing for concert pitch added
  • More thoughts on the design considerations added
  • Concert pitch "A" drone mounts etc added to standard parts drawing
  • Drawing for the drone top valve added (sheet 2 of drone parts drawing
  • concert small g drone sliding part dimension now 16 was 11 (top tube fitting)
  • Standard small d drone sliding part dimension now 19 was 18 (top tube length)
  • Standard small d drone sliding part dimension now 29 was 28 (top hole posn)

26th May 2010
  • 5 Drone drone stock drawing added
  • Thoughts on the design considerations added
  • Concert pitch "A" drone drawings added
  • Drawing for the bellows leather template

25th May 2010
  • Chanter reed socket info added
  • Chanter final shaping picture and description added
  • Chanter key pivot hole info added
  • 17 key concert "F" chanter drawing added (old drg replaced)
  • 16 key concert "F" chanter drawing added
  • Concert G drone drawings - set of drawings for the wood turning
  • Extra help info for using the CAD tools

24th May 2010
  • 17 key concert G chanter drawing added
  • photos of the keywork added to the keymaking page
  • Pictures of the double key lining with dimensions
  • Pictures of the gluing of the linings to the chanter

23th May 2010
  • Drone full assembly added to the CAD tools page
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22th May 2010
  • 16 key concert G chanter drawing added
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21th May 2010
  • 7 key concert G chanter drawing added
  • 11 key concert G chanter drawing added
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17th May 2010
  • linked pictures added to the bag making page
  • all pages spell checked

16th May 2010
  • Introduction to the 2010 edition updated
  • E-book creation process started - free compiler located
  • Photos of my bellows added
  • I have split the introduction and the index into 2 pages
  • Pictures of a set of pipes added to the index page
  • more links added to links page

15th May 2010
  • Bellows plate drawings completed and uploaded
  • Bellows outlet tube drawing completed and uploaded
  • Bellows inner plate assembly model added to Edrawings
  • Bellows outlet tube model added to Edrawings
  • Bellows outer plate model added to Edrawings
  • more links added to links page

14th May 2010
  • Suppliers page updated
  • Drone reed making page well started - cane reeds only at present
  • Tool making page updated
  • more links added to links page

12th May 2010
  • Drawing for the pipe bag (this drawing is A2 size so I have added enough measurements to allow it to be redrawn full size).
  • I have added a links page currently with some excellent reedmaking links and some of my pipes being played

9th May 2010
  • Drawings for the stocks are finished and uploaded
  • The instructions for the chanter, bellows, blowpipe Stock machining are finished and uploaded
  • New drawings for the stock metalwork are complete and uploaded
  • Drawings for the chanter end cap and the bellows valve body are complete and uploaded
  • Drawing for the drone stock are completed and uploaded
  • The section on tuning the chanter has been updated and uploaded
  • The page for the CAD tool and models is now in a usable form and uploaded
  • The section on materials is more complete

1st May 2010
  • The updating of the drawings has started. The 7 keyed chanter machining drawing is complete.
  • The introduction to the updated version is in place although I may add more to it.
  • The drone drawings have been recreated and are available in PDF format
  • The drone metalwork drawings are complete but not checked
  • The supplier list has been updated but is far from complete
  • The description of the materials used has been started and, just needs the leather info to be added
  • The text of the drone making page has been updated but still needs more work
  • The CAD page has been created but is blank till I get more time

Some of the things that I know are missing but will be added as soon as I can

  • Complete the description for the making of the bellows
  • Better description of the single key slot lining
  • Better key models and drawings for the keys
  • Assembly drawing for the chanter and descriptions to accompany it
  • Assembly drawing for the drones and descriptions to accompany it
  • Better drawings of a water manometer
  • The section on composite drone reed making
  • Tying in the stocks to the bag
  • Bellows inlet drawing
  • Making the bellows and inlet valves


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