Sunday 17th was the day for the school fair at Taikura Rudolf Seiner School in Hastings. For Identity purposes and savvy marketing it is called a "Fete", which is a french word with a letter I don't have on my keyboard. Lots of people come to the Fete, and I have been there for five or six years with my pipes.
This year I was well prepared with lots of Two Dollar and Five Dollar items. I made lots of Dog Whistles[DW], some of which made a lot of noise. These were for the nine year old boys... tearaways. Then I had mini Okarinas, which were like the dog whistles, but the node made a sealed end, instead of being open like the DW. These were for the more modest yoUng student who liked just tooting. I also had lots of bamboo pipes, with "random" tuning. That is I cut all the bamboos to the same length and installed the holes so that what ever the pipes bass note was , became the tuning pitch.
I had a lot of older stock, either older models not yet sold or constellation pipes that were too sharp or flat to be considered part of a tuned set.
I had some very nice pipes from 2010 that I sold for $10 and a half dozen perfect "Constellation Pipes" for $30.
The $2 and $5 items went out fast. The $10 pipes weren't slow to sell either. I sold two perfect Contellation pipes.
I am including foto from the newspaper, taken of a young man choosing a pipe and learning to play a few notes.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.