Moisture Control Counts!
It's essential to keep your pipes in good working order. The wood needs to be kept at a good humidity level, while the bag itself needs to be nice and dry. And as we are discovering, it is an important health issue for bagpipers, too. Luckily, bagpipe moisture control has never been better or easier. You've got options.
Why Is Blackwood and Bagpipe Moisture Important?
In its natural state, blackwood is full of moisture. As the moisture is removed from the wood, it loses some strength becomes more brittle. You can decrease dryness in your drones and chanter by storing your pipes in a relatively humid environment. Whenever possible, avoid extreme changes in temperature, such as inside a hot automobile. Be careful to store your bagpipe in the pipe case -- especially the chanter. It's good practice to remove the pipe chanter when not in use. Also with the use of a reed protector, protect the reed. This will prevent the reed from absorbing moisture from the pipe bag. If you have a wood pipe chanter, make sure you grasp it above the “a” hole at the thicker end. Twisting gently, take care not to damage the reed as you disassemble.