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Old 02-04-2019, 12:11 PM   #11
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Default Re: Tying in a new bag

Go slow and be careful. It'll be more awkward and take longer than you expect it to. Goatskin is one of the more difficult materials to work with (certainly harder than cowhide), so make sure you have time, and don't get easily frustrated .
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:20 PM   #12
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Default Re: Tying in a new bag

Cutting the bag isnít too scary. Go to a hardware store and buy a 1Ē copper T-joint and get a large paint stirrer. File the single edge of the T-joint until it will cut the skin (I tested on cardboard) and place the the paint stirrer through the neck to have a surface to cut against without going through the other side. Apply force straight down and use a slight twisting motion to cut through.

I know you Skype for your lessons, but there are a lot of pipers in the greater LA area who could probably help you out.
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:23 PM   #13
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Default Re: Tying in a new bag

Thanks again all. It's all moot at this point. Without going into the long, frustrating story, I had sent my stocks to someone in Canada to tie in a bag, but due to the high customs/UPS fees I requested the package be returned before delivery. They delivered it anyway, so the tie-in is done. However, in future I plan on doing the tie-in myself, so all the advice is still very helpful. In fact I'll probably go ahead and buy all the stuff like a copper T, masonry twine, dowels, etc just so I have it.


Incidentally, if you live in the US and plan on shipping anything over $20 to Canada, DON'T use UPS. They aren't upfront about their customs fees (including a large UPS "brokerage fee") which ended up being 3 times the original shipping price, and their customer service is absolutely horrible (they tell you one thing and then do another and everything is your fault, not theirs). The US Postal Service costs more initially, but I'm pretty sure they don't charge a brokerage fee. Not sure about their customer service.
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