Volume XVI Number 5 - November 2005


Last time we mentioned that R. G. Hardie had an uncetain future; well, that's all been rectified by the sale of the Hardie, Henderson, and Airtight names to Premier Percussion, along with the stock and tools. Who's going to continue the business and make the pipes, and where the business is going to be located, are all still up in the air. There will be more on this subject in the future, you can be sure. The matters of debt are all still in the hands of the liquidators, so Premier might end up with just the names. As there exists a major order from the Indian Army, made to R.G. Hardie, the infusion of cash may offset the debt and put things in order, but the Indian Army may go elsewhere....

A belated Happy 230th birthday to The Corps and to all Marines out there - doing what Marines do best! Still no news from the MPA website; I'd hoped Sgt. Stanley would have done an update by now, but I guess things are still unsettled. We'll have more about their website as things develop. All the best to now-retired Capt. Justin Stodghill, now persuing a religious career (!) BTW we're working on Marine plaid brooch, piper's cap badge, and sporran cantle - can't be sure when we'll have them, but they ARE in the works. Don't bother calling or emailing about them; we'll have a notice when we get them in stock.

Here's a composite photo of our latest effort - a dirk made for one of our VERY good customers in the Central Valley of California, complete with clan badges, motto, battle cry on the blade, and clan association device on the locket (not shown). We'll have a finished photo up next month ,after all the bits get back from the engraver and it's put together before I send it off to the lucky owner!


Something a little off-topic: Many of us spend hours and hours in the hot sun at Games and other outdoor functions with little more headgear than a glen or balmoral to keep the nasties away. In the last two months I've had several growths removed from my face and neck, and one really nasty bugger removed from my FOOT of all places - a malignant melanoma, no less, and the damn thing is still healing after over a month now. Soooo - for all you Blue Skinned types (like me) out there - make sure you ALWAYS have adequate sunscreen and a good hat to keep the sun off - the western US ISN'T Scotland, and skin cancer is no joke - it CAN kill you.

You're probably wondering why there hasn't been a new rant from the Ol' Pirate recently; Black Part has been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest since Hurricane Katrina, and hasn't even had time to tie on and report on the roo hide bag he got from me over two months ago. As soon as I hear from him you'll see his latest tirade!

So, until we get his smoke signal, BLACK PART SPEAKS - LATER!

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