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Getting an Order Ready.

This post shows the steps needed to prepare an order for delivery.

I was asked to deliver a "D" fife and a "D" Pipe.

Here is the pipe, already turned and polished with the fipple cut.

















It is a very nice piece of Maire. Maire is to wood as gold is to metal.

















The next step is trimming off the excess around the fipple.



















The end is shaped on the table sander.





















Tuning the pipe involves cutting off pieces from the end.  This time I cut off four pieces before it was tuned to "D".















The holes have been drilled, ...............















and the name written on the back with the date and "Orion" to indicate that the bore is 13mm.

Lets put the fife in "D"  together with the pipe in "D".
















The fife is longer but the finger-hole positions are exactly the same, because the internal diameter is 13mm.

These are two very beautiful instruments made out of the New Zealand native wood that is the best for musical instruments.  Such a shame that the huge forests of Maire were used to warm Wellington as firewoodin the thirties forties and fifties.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.


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