NOTES FROM PIPEY'S CORNER

April 2010

A BUST IN WOODLAND

So Woodland wasn't so great, moneywise, I think after everything we made about $1.50....BUT there were quite a few people who oohed and aahed at the JWMs, including Aaron Shaw, Lorne Cousins, Erik Leiken, Jack Lee, and John Taylor from the LA Scots, who is the current owner of the original John Wilson MacDougall bagpipe. We had a MacDougall 'mini-reunion' with his 1880s pipe, my 1850s pipe, and the new JWM iteration. Many great comments on the tone, which is virtually identical to the original, and we'll be happy to send these out for anyone to try as a demonstrator - with a suitable deposit, of course!

This month's column is late for a number of reasons, primarily due to some health problems in my family. Our big family reunion next month has been cancelled due to the severe back problems my mother is having; looks like she'll be having another back surgery in a few weeks, and I'll be out of town for that. The prospect of major surgery on a ninety-year-old woman is daunting at best; we'll be crossing fingers for this one....

...While we're talking of things other than piping, let's all give a big tip of the hat and a 'Thank You' to BP and their subsidiaries for the worst ecological disaster in history. WAY TO GO YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES! It's going to take DECADES, if not longer, to clean up your mess, and the entire Gulf of Mexico will be ruined for fishing, along with possibly the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and maybe even a part of the Atlantic coast. Looks like we won't be going bonefishing in this lifetime....


In the next few weeks we'll be getting some new sgians and pocket watches from The Sgian Dubh Company - I'll put pics up when they come in.


Recently heard that our old friend Joe Leonard has died. For over fifty years Joe was a mainstay of the Phoenix pipe band scene, serving as bass drummer, then drum major, for several bands, organizing the Caledonian Society, and running the Highland Games in Phoenix. He was also a great source for surplus Canadian military kit for many years, and I always looked forward to seeing his quarterly list of goodies for sale. He had a really fine collection, including a gorgeous 18th century Black Watch officer's dirk, and some fine basket hilts. He was a staunch and true friend, and he will be missed by all who knew him. His memorial is Sunday the 16th in Encanto Park at 11 am for those interested. Slan leat, Joe....


We'll hear from the Old Pirate after Costa Mesa....

 

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