Some people may be interested in who I – Sam Lawrence – am. I made my first set of pipes about 24 years ago, before I went to university (I have a 1st in Music and Recording Tech from Salford), in Peter Hunter’s workshop. I found the lifestyle at Peter’s around that time to be a bit too “interesting” so I worked at other things after graduating, mainly music transcription for Songplayer though I am guilty of a year or so making polyphonic ringtones for a Manchester company – sorry.
In around 2004 I found myself living in Bradford, and without pipes (mine had been stolen from Peter’s along with my lovely short-arm tenor banjo) and thought the easiest way to do this was to go back to Peter and make a half set under his guidance. I did this, and he started asking me to help with his orders. The first chanter I helped with was a B for Mark Neilly, a lovely stick. Peter essentially only showed me how to make things I hadn’t experience of, so fairly quickly I was making almost all of his pipes, and giving him half the cash, then a third, then a quarter then f**k all when I had my own workshop set up.
For the first year at Pete’s I worked out I was on 67p per hour, so I thought he’d had value already!
While he was alive I took everything I finished to Peter’s and he would critique it. Savagely, which I did thrive on. I owe him my career, which I never forget.
I still broadly make to his designs, though I redid the regulator designs and still tweak elsewhere when I feel it is needed.
I work in Rathmell, in the Yorkshire Dales.