Pipemakers Co-Op
Pipemakers Co-Op at the 2nd Newcastle Piping Festival (© A.Davison)

Northumbrian Pipes are not manufactured on an industrial basis as with many other instruments.  They are made by a small number of gifted individuals in small workshops. Individual makers have their own particular styles, though many are influenced by historical makers and models.

Resources for Pipemakers


The Society is currently developing a series of in-depth films looking at prominent pipemakers. The first of these films is now available on our YouTube channel and features bellows maker Tom Swinney.


COMING SOON – The NPS Pipemaking Book.

Reedmaking for the Northumbrian Smallipipes, Scottish Smallpipes & Border Pipes – Colin Ross

Mike Nelson’s Instruction Manual & Plans

Pipemaking materials

The NPS currently has a selection of materials for making pipes, including full sets of mostly pre-drilled African Blackwood. Please contact the secretary for further details.

Visit the shop to see what materials are currently available.

Makers and Groups

See our Pipemakers page for a list of current makers.

If you are thinking about making a set yourself why not visit the monthly Pipemakers’ Co-Op on the second Saturday of each month at St. Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead.