A black and white image can convey an atmosphere that is sometimes absent in colour shots. But then, it takes a first-rate professional photographer like Tony Johnson of the Yorkshire Post to capture the ambience and to compose and frame a successful shot. We have been fortunate that our work making organ pipes by hand has attracted the attention of various newspapers over the years and Tony took this picture of Terry Shires in connection with a feature about us.
We take pride in cutting corners at Shires Organ Pipes from time to time – but only when we are creating mitres for our customers.
Mitred joints allow organ pipes that would otherwise be too tall to fit into a particular space. In the example on the right, almost a third of the height of the bottom six zinc pipes is bent through 90 degrees.
This tricky technique requires the pipes to be made to their full length and then sawn to the correct dimension in a mitre block.
The angled pieces are then in turn tacked and soldered by hand, a process which requires experience, patience, precision and dexterity.
This rank of pedal pipes in polished zinc was made and mitred in our workshop by Terry Doyle for a British organ builder and is destined for a church in Australia.