Be Part of Piping History, Highland Bagpipe Centre

by Burgess Bagpipes in Inverness, Inverness, Scotland

£8,776

raised of £45,000 target

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supporters
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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by February 4th 2019 at 12:00pm

We're creating a centre in the Highlands of Scotland to celebrate and promote our National Instrument - The Great Highland Bagpipe.

by Burgess Bagpipes in Inverness, Inverness, Scotland



Be Part of Piping History 

Bagpipes and Scottish piping culture has spread around the world. Piping is more popular here and across the globe than ever before. Since piping is a Scottish Highland tradition it’s hard to believe that the Highlands do not have a centre to celebrate and promote our piping culture and national instrument.


We intend to change that by opening “The Highland Bagpipe Centre”


It is usually a surprise when we tell people that there are three different kinds of Scottish Bagpipe in common use in Scotland today. They are amazed at how different they look and sound. We would like everyone who uses the centre to leave informed and inspired. A place to learn about how bagpipes are made, sound and play, our history, tradition and culture, in an enjoyable and informal setting.

The Highland Bagpipe Centre

Suitable sites for a project like this are rare in and around Inverness, the Highland Capital. Luckily we have identified a site, and although it needs a bit of work, the owner plans to refurbish it ready for us to move in by May 2019. Less than 10minutes from Inverness City, the move to the site and it becoming operational, will be phased. The first phase will get us to the site and the manufacturing and shop up and running. The second and third phases and the rest of the operation will be established, then streamlined and improved.


On entering the site visitors will be able to look through a glass panel into the workshop and see bagpipes being made assembled and tested. This will lead into a bright modern shop split into two areas. One for bagpipe and bagpipe accessory sales, and an area for quality gifts for the non-pipers. The bagpipe shop will contain a small comfortable section where customers can come and try the different kind of pipes before buying them. Backing onto this area will be tuition pods which will be used for the tuition of bagpipes to the local community as well as visiting piping parties. Leading from the shop will be our piping archive, museum and exhibition. It’s important that the legacy of the great pipers of the past are kept alive, as some of their achievements can never be repeated and will never be surpassed. We intend to display our large and well preserved family archive. Our archive includes, bagpipes made for family members, many of the world’s top piping prizes all in one place, photographs, correspondence and music. The archive underpins the long and successful family history behind Burgess Bagpipes.



In a separate area will be the option to participate in “Bagpipes Exposed” an authentic and light hearted introduction to the different kind of pipes, how they sound, how they are made, some historical context and modern piping in Scotland today.  Exposed is a mix of demonstration, discussion and audience participation. It gives visitors the opportunity to learn about and experience our national instrument in a positive way.  After all that visitors will be thirsty and hungry and could go to the café for refreshments and return to the shop for the opportunity to purchase merchandise and gifts.

Our Story So Far..

We are a modern Scottish family business who design and manufacture bagpipes, with a piping heritage going back to the 1700s and the only Professional Highland Bagpipe Maker in the Highlands.



Obviously you just don’t wake up one day and decide to become a Bagpipe maker. Our skill, knowledge and experience comes from an accumulation of an authentic Scottish ancestral mix of world champion players, skilled engineers, artists, tutors and judges. Fiona’s father, Scott’s grandfather, was a World Champion piper and multi Gold Medallist John MacDougall, and without him none of this would have been possible.

So after Scott finished his music course with the UHI in the Uist’s in 2015 we decided finally to “give it a go”, producing pipes professionally. Starting with our own designs, with multiple prototyping cycles we created our range of bagpipes. We have designed and developed a range of the highest quality bagpipes, manufacturing to order all three kinds of Scottish Bagpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Border Pipes, and of course the great Highland Bagpipe.




We want you to be part of our wider piping family

As you have guessed, we have a passion for bagpipes and we really want to create a centre which will bring benefits to the Highland Community. It will bring employment, training, teaching and performance opportunities, allowing our young people to continue to work, learn and live in the highlands. Our manufacturing hub will allow people to see bagpipes being made and the centre will serve both local people and others from near and far. But to do this we will need your help.

The Rewards 


We have tailored our rewards to pipers and non-pipers alike.


These are a thank you for your support. Most are unique and many will only be available during the campaign. There are items for every budget and each and every contribution, no matter how large or small will be acknowledged on our website.


Do you want to buy a reward and give it as a gift to someone else? Many of the rewards are transferable by voucher which will be emailed to you when the pledge funds have cleared.


Many of our rewards will be custom made just for you, these make our thank you rewards personal and unique.


*African Blackwood (ABW)  Please note: Many of the piping items are made from African Blackwood. The raw materials for the practice chanter kit are also African Blackwood. If they are going out of the UK and European Union they will require a cites re-export permit. This is routine for us, however there is an additional cost of £75 and of course postage and packing will be extra for all rewards sent out.



             Fiona's Celtic Art


Vintage Photo of John McDougall Snr and John McDougall Junior


*Shipping*

How much is shipping and do I need a Cities permit?

All collections from our works in Forres are FREE. After the campaign has ended we will arrange a number of days when you can come and collect your reward and we will put this information up on the website.

All items made from African Blackwood and also the raw materials for the practice chanter kit, if they are going out of the UK and the European Union, will need CITES re-export permit this takes a minimum of 3 working weeks.

If you would like it posted please add an 'additional donation' at checkout (see below) depending on where you are.

Clothing items T-shirts, hats, aprons, hoodies etc. Silver Drone and scarf Shields:

• UK: + £3.25 • Europe: + £5.50 • Rest of the world : + £7.50

Whisky:

• UK: + £6.75 currently for the UK only 

Practice Chanter, Make your own Practice Chanter Kit:

• UK: + £6.75 • Europe: + £12.50 • Rest of the world : + £95.00 including Cities Certificate

Highland Games Hamper:

• UK: + £15.00 • Europe: + £30.00 • Rest of the world : + £65.00

Scottish Smallpipes:

• UK: + £15.00 • Europe: + £30.00 • Rest of the world : + £140.00 including Cities Certificate

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at info@burgessbagpipes.com

Thank you for your support and interest in our project. We are so lucky to have so many people who believe in what we are doing, please keep sharing our vision and follow us on our journey. 

Burgess, Fiona and Scott.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,100 or more

Scottish Smallpipes key of 'A' for £1100

(approx. $1,400 USD) African Blackwood and Titanium Scottish small pipes in the Key of 'A440' for £1,100. The pipes will come completely set up and ready to play with come in a bagpiper case. Your set will be made to order and will take about 12 weeks to complete. Every instrument will be made to your specifications (let us know if your a Lefty!). More info about our pipes at www.burgessbagpipes.com. Voucher available for this item *Shipping*

£22 or more

Pipebox Towel Accessory

(approx. $26 USD) A Pipebox Sweat Towel with the Burgess Bagpipes Logo. Great accessory for your pipe box! *Shipping*

£24 or more

Burgess Beanie

(approx. $31 USD) A soft touch acrylic black Pull-On Beanie has the Burgess logo embroidered in white thread. *Shipping*

£25 or more

Burgess Bagpipes Cap

(approx. $33 USD) This is military style cap made from black cotton and has the Burgess logo embroidered in white thread. *Shipping*

£26 or more

T Shirt - Highland Bagpipe Centre

(approx. $35 USD) A Black Tshirt with the Burgess Bagpipes Logo on the front and Highland Piping Centre on the back. Sizes available when selected the reward. *Shipping*

£26 or more

T Shirt - Making Bagpipe History

(approx. $35 USD) A Black Tshirt with the Burgess Bagpipes Logo on the front and Making Bagpipe History on the back. Sizes available when selected the reward. *Shipping*

£30 or more

Vintage Piping Photo

(approx. $40 USD) Vintage Piping Photo of John McDougall Snr and John McDougall Junior. Standard size to fit 10 inch by 8 inch photo frame. Voucher available for this item. *Shipping*

£35 or more

Hoodie - Making Bagpipe History

(approx. $46 USD) A Black Hoodie with the Burgess Bagpipes Logo on the front and Making Bagpipe History on the back. Sizes available when selected the reward. *Shipping*

£35 or more

Hoodie - Highland Bagpipe Centre

(approx. $46 USD) A Black Hoodie with the Burgess Bagpipes Logo on the front and Highland Bagpipe Centre on the back. Sizes available when selected the reward. *Shipping*

£40 or more

Celtic Art Print

(approx. $52 USD) One of Fiona's Celtic Art Prints, signed by Fiona. Picture size 11 inch by 4.5 inch and comes mounted (15 inch 8.5 inch) Voucher available for this item. *Shipping*

£45 or more

Craftman's Apron

(approx. $58 USD) These aprons are the same as we wear in the workshop today. They are a heavy duty cotton canvas fabric with an adjustable neck brace and straps and are embroidered with the Burgess logo. *Shipping*

£50 or more

Meet the Maker over Skype

(approx. $65 USD) When will you ever get the chance to sit and chat to a bagpipe designer and maker? Get a couple of your friends round and you can ask us anything about bagpipes. Perhaps you have a set that has a problem, or, just wondered how this or that was done? Well find out first hand with by meeting the maker on Skype. Voucher available for this item.

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Local Tution

Get 3 hours of exclusive 1 to 1 tuition from Scott on any of the 3 types of scottish pipes. We caterer for all levels of ability on either chanter, highland pipes or bellows pipes. Voucher available for this item.

£65 or more

Ancient Piobaireachd Gold Medal Whisky

(approx. $71 USD) Adelphi Ardnamurchan Distillery have blended us a whisky which took inspiration from the idea of the Gold Medal awarded for Piobaireachd. We have named the blend the Inverness Reserve. (image shown is a mock up may differ slightly) Adelphi will bottle the whisky specifically for us, this will be a unique memento of this campaign. Each of the labels will have a space where we will write your name and the bottle number.*Shipping*

£90 or more

Roll Call Plaques

(approx. $116 USD) Roll Call plaques can be for Clans, pipe bands, individuals and businesses. These plaques will be made into a feature in the Highland Bagpipe Centre. Made from of recycled hardwood, we will engrave the name of your pipe band or your clan or name and are approximately 300mm x 100mm. Each of the plaques will be individually numbered on a first come first come first served basis.

£150 or more

Make Your Own Practice Chanter Kit!

(approx. $194 USD) We will supply the *African Blackwood Blanks, titanium Ferrule and Chanter sole. The wood will be drilled through at the correct size. We supply the plans with where to drill the finger holes and then its over you to make your own unique practice chanter to whatever style you like. Please see our note on African Blackwood : Voucher available for this item. *Shipping*

£195 or more

Bass Drone Shield with Personal Engraving

(approx. $194 USD) This Shield is the same design as used by the 51st Highland division during WWI. It will fit you bass drone and also the main bodies of most practice chanters. If you're playing a family set it might be an idea to have the name of the family member engraved into the Shield or you own name/initials. This comes with a certificate of authenticity for the 925 Silver material. Voucher available for this item. *Shipping*

£195 or more

Scarf Ring Shield with Personal Engraving

(approx. $194 USD) This Shield is the same design as used by the 51st Highland division during WWI. This wrap around shield is ideal for keeping your scarf snugly around your neck. We will engrave your name or initials, making it a unique item. This comes with a certificate of authenticity for the 925 Silver material. Voucher available for this item. *Shipping*

£200 or more

Instrument Voucher

(approx. $258 USD) Select this £200 reward and receive £350 of an instrument of your own choice.

£220 or more

Personalised African Blackwood Practice Chanter

(approx. $285 USD) Burgess Bagpipes traditional Practice Chanter. This chanter has been designed specifically for this crowdfunding campaign. It follows the same slick, modern design as our Bagpipes. Made only from African Blackwood it will have a Titanium ferrule and sole ring. This traditional practice chanter will be made specifically for you and you can have your name engraved into the chanter body. Voucher available for this item. *Shipping*

£250 or more

Burgess - Highland Games Hamper

(approx. $323 USD) Our hamper is made from a lovely Willow basket. The basket will be filled with a tartan wool travelling rug. It will also contain a bottle of the Ancient Piobaireachd Whisky and a box of oatcakes made by Maclean’s Bakery. Plus a nice piece of cheese from The Highland fine Cheese Company to accompany the Dram & Oatcakes. A reclaimed hardwood label with your name engraved into it will be attached to the carrying handle.*Shipping*

£300 or more

Be a Maker for a Day

(approx. $388 USD) Come to the works and be a bagpipe maker for the day. You will receive a craftsman’s apron and learn about the tools and techniques of pipe making and at the end of the day you will go away with a Reed Protector that you produced. Lunch is included. Voucher available for this item.

£450 or more

Be a Maker for a Day for yourself and one other!

(approx. $578 USD) Come to the works and be a bagpipe maker for the day. You will receive a craftsman’s apron and learn about the tools and techniques of pipe making and at the end of the day you will go away with a Reed Protector that you produced. Lunch is included. Voucher available for this item.

£525 or more

Be a Maker for a Day for yourself and two others!

(approx. $672 USD) Come to the works and be a bagpipe maker for the day. You will receive a craftsman’s apron and learn about the tools and techniques of pipe making and at the end of the day you will go away with a Reed Protector that you produced. Lunch is included. Voucher available for this item.


Let's make 'Be Part of Piping History, Highland Bagpipe Centre' happen