On the 15th of March, White Heather Highland Supplies hosted a bagpipe maintenance workshop conducted by independent solo piper Dennis Browning together with Michael Phee of MacPhee Bagpipes.
Over thirty people took part in the free workshop where they were treated to a full morning of maintenance as well as mateship.
Michael Phee commenced with an overview of the making of pipes, from a piece of blackwood through to completed sticks.
Followed by Dennis Browning who spoke on everything from hemping joints, bag selection, water traps to playing conditions, tuning techniques and body stance.
Much was learnt and gained from this event, which was born out of a desire to share the spirit of playing the great highland bagpipe. A sausage sizzle completed the day with much banter and camaraderie.
Both Dennis and Michael agreed that the best maintenance advice they could possible offer is “play them”.