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


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.