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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:42 am 
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How do I season my small pipe bellows (wood & leather) and what substance do I use either commercially bought or home made. I have several small leaks emanating through the stitching between the leather cheeks and the wooden boards. Nothing drastic and the bellows are still usable but I would like to staunch these small leaks now before they become an issue.
I'm assuming there is always the risk of new seasoning being pumped through into the bag and then fouling the cane reeds, yes? So ideally nothing too thin and runny as I use natural cane reeds in chanter and drones.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:00 pm 
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You can make a mixture of one part melted beeswax mixed with four parts lard or Crisco. Allow to cool and roll some worms of it. I use bamboo skewers to apply the worms to the inside where the leaks are where the leather meets the paddles. Use a heat gun or blow dryer and blow hot air into the intake hole, When the worms melt, cork off both openings with the bellows open and apply pressure to force the mixture into the leaks. Allow it to cool and Bob's yer uncle. You only need the worms where the leaks are. Minimal clean up after.


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