Rubber-sleeved skin pipe bags a first for Highland pipes
Only last September Lee & Sons Bagpipes introduced zippered sheepskin and goatskin pipe bags, and now the Vancouver-based company has brought out what is thought to be the first production skin bag with rubber grommet sleeves for drone and blowpipe stocks.
In testing with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, the new bags take three weeks to make, according to Jack Lee.
“We have been developing the pipe bags with grommets and zippers bags for several years now,” he said. “Also, we have been playing them for several months in SFU and there hasn’t been a leak in the grommets yet. No pipe bag maker can ever guarantee that their bags will never leak but we make them as solidly as we can.”Lee said that the seam on the bag has three layers of stitching and six different layers of adhesive. Synthetic bags with rubber stock sleeves have been available for many years, but Lee said that he believes that the new bags are a first in the category.“We have learned that there are dedicated groups of sheepskin and goatskin players out there,” Lee added. “Many pipers love the tone that the bags can produce but find tying them in to be challenging. We felt that if grommets could be put into cowhide bags it should be possible in sheepskin and goatskin. Installing them is very labour intensive and takes several days.”Unlike cowhide, skin bags are susceptible to tearing when cut and tied-in due to the suppleness of the material that can be cut if the tying-in twine is pulled too tightly.A sheepskin or goatskin bag with zipper and rubber grommet stock sleeves is priced at $389.