The making of bagpipes, a type of instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.
|Historic area of significance|
|Area currently practised|
|Origin in the UK|
|Current no. of professionals (main income)||Northumbrian pipes: 0|
|Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)||Northumbrian pipes: 5-7|
|Current no. of trainees||Northumbrian pipes: 0|
|Current total no. serious amateur makers
||Northumbrian pipes: Small number of makers at the top end of the hobby range, making one or two sets a year.|
|Current total no. of leisure makers
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required|
There are several types of bagpipe traditional to the UK, including the Great Highland bagpipe, the Uilleann pipe, the Scottish smallpipe and borderpipe, the Northumbrian pipe, the Lincolnshire bagpipe, the Cornish bagpipe and the Welsh bagpipe.
There are several types of bagpipe traditional to the UK, including:
Great Highland bagpipe
Scottish smallpipe and borderpipe
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
- In the 70s and 80s there were evening classes in Northumbrian pipe making using school craft workshops. These no longer exist.
Craftspeople currently known
A list of bagpipe makers and suppliers can be found on the Bagpipe Society’s website.
Northumbrian pipes: Five years ago there were at least three full-timers and half a dozen part timers.