Our CANONGATE SALES STORE is currently CLOSED for refurbishment from SUNDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2024 for approximately 6 weeks. Our Sales Team have RELOCATED to our HIRE STORE 19-21 St Marys Street to continue business as usual, during this time. ALL COLLECTIONS including Made-to-Measure Orders MUST be arranged by PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY to avoid disappointment. Thank you for your co-operation.

Meet The Makers: Kilberry Bagpipes

On 27 St Mary's Street, just off Edinburgh Royal's Mile, is Kilberry Bagpipes, the last artisanal workshop of its kind operating in Edinburgh today.

It's a small room. A room to work in and not for show. There is the sound of the wood turn lay in action, and an unusual smell in the air that only the initiated will recognise as African blackwood being worked.

We visited with photographer Julien Borghino. It was easy to get there - it's right next door to our Hire shop. We wanted to try and capture something of craftmanship in action. Not hard at Kilberry where the small team rarely seem to stop work, turning out lovingly handcrafted pipes, from drone cap to chanter - and even the occasional Kilberry Collection sgian dubh.

David

Ruari