I had been wanting a goose for a long time, so that I could practice playing tunes without having to stop and catch my breath in the middle of a phrase, but I was rebuted by the cost of those sold in piping shops.
Then I realised that I already had a (practice) chanter and its blowpipe, all I was missing were a bag and stocks, to extend this practice chanter into a goose.

I made the stocks in my metal-working lathe, from a couple bits of lapacho hard wood, with the ends reinforced against splitting with aluminium rings (saved when dismantling old computer hard drives).
The chanter stock was made long enough to accomodate the practice chanter reed. The blowpipe stock could not be made with a male tenon, but had to be hollow with a male-male adapter to carry an old-style leather flap valve since the stock, made to match the blowpipe outside diametre, is too narrow to take a Little Mac™ or a Moose Valve™.

My friendly neighbourhood cobbler made me a bag for the sumptuous sum of US$ 20, I tied in the stocks and seasoned the bag with my very own DIY seasoning, oiled the new wood with bore oil, fitted a bag cover made by a local seamstress (US$ 6) and I am now in business.

The bag, made of thin cow hide, marked for the blow-pipe stock.

The stocks and the intermediary piece with the leather flap valve in place.


How it all comes together, prior to tying in.
And after tying in the stocks. The new wood needs oiling.


With the bag cover on, and the new wood oiled.


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