The Uilleann Pipe Reedmaker's Guidance Manual

by Dave Hegarty

Being an expanded third edition of the popular
Reedmaking Made Easy


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Preface to Third Edition

Fourteen years have passed since this book was last revised and, happily, the standard of reedmaking, both professional and amateur, has advanced beyond all expectations. During this time many helpful suggestions and remarks have been offered and many makers have drawn my attention to their own techniques and various solutions to different problems. I have attempted to incorporate these newer methods and alternative solutions and I have also corrected the mistakes which were in the second edition.

The format of this edition is also changed, with many more sketches and notes on the various operations, tools and templates which the advancing learner can make or acquire. I am especially indebted to Liam McNulty who did the initial typing and layout, and who also produced many close-up photographs while I made some reeds, to enable me to make the sketches of the reedmaking operations in progress.

I would also like to express my thanks to the following people - Cillian Ó Briain, whose notes I referred to and also to Alain Froment for some intensive tuition and discussion upon his methods over recent years. Among the many others who have offered advice, notes, helpful comments, tips and general information are - Ted Anderson, Tim Britton, Pat Broderick, Max-Andre Busch, Brian Gallahar, Wilbert Garvin, Diarmuid Grainger, Kevin Henry, Brian Howard, Paddy Keenan, Michel Lachaize, Eugene Lambe, Finbar McLaughlin, Séamus Mac Mathúna, Rolf Knusel, Joe O'Leary, Brendan Ring, Andreas Rogge, Kevin Rowsome, Michael Sexton, Rory Somers, Tom White and Geoff Wooff, as well and Jimmy Dolan, Longford, and Chris Langan, Toronto, both sadly deceased.

The notes produced by Allan Moller and Eddie Climo were of great value, as were the many fine articles and notes appearing in The Pipers Review. The quality of many books, articles and papers written about reedmaking topics has been a source of inspiration in preparing this revised edition. Among those whose work I drew further ideas from are Jim Daily, David Quinn and Patrick Sky. Since the last revision we have seen the passing of Dan O'Dowd who saved so much of the old reedmaker's art from extinction, and Breandán Breathnach whose idea it was to put a booklet together in the first instance. To the memory of these men, who enriched our lives so greatly, this enlarged edition is dedicated.

The proceeds from the sale of this edition of the book, like its predecessors, will be allocated by Na Píobairí Uilleann to the fund for the upkeep and improvement of the society's headquarters at No. 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1.

Finally, my thanks to my family who tolerated my absences while working on this book and gaining the experience necessary to write it.

Dave Hegarty
Tralee, 1999

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