Half mounted bagpipe, in cocuswood with
mammoth ivory tenor ring caps & bushes. Sterling silver ferrules
and bass ring band.
The bore design is the Kron Standard, and the profiles and shapes are
as described here. The wood profiles are
much slimmer than on my standard pipes, with silver diameters
stepped down by yet another 1/16" from my already quite slim
current standard. The ivory ring caps are made with a little step in the bead, similar to
those made by Donald
McDonald. The shapes of the button mounts are very typical of David Glen as can be seen in the pictures. The combing and
beading is of course first rate. Overall the look is very much 19th century Edinburgh.
The cocus button mounts are
fitted so the threads touch closely only at the bottom, where
the tenon meets the mount. From there the taper in the mount
thread moves away from the main part of the piece as it approaches the end where
the combing and beading starts. This helps to prevent cracking by
having no outward pressure on the mount where the mount is
thinnest. It is details like these, which are repeated
throughout the pipe (and every other pipe made here) that set my
products apart from those made by all other makers.
Everything on the pipe is made in this shop. Such control of
materials allows me complete control over the quality of the
The blowpipe is the "no-touch" brass sleeved
system I invented a few years ago, with a brass tube connecting
the brass tenon and aluminum tip at each end. They are sealed
against moisture and air leakage, so the wood is protected
from attack by moisture.