About Myself and my Products.
I was brought up on the Isle of Tiree, where I leaned to play “The Pipes” (GHB) from the late Alisdair Sinclair, who was a friend of my Father, Robert Beck and Granfather of Finlay Johnston.
My Father also taught “The Pipes” on the Island. He, though an old traditionalist was a believer in my innovations.
After years of research and development as a hobbyist, “Beckpipes” was established in Loanhead, Midlothian in 1999 with the help of an Arts Council grant following an evening class at Jewel & Esk Valley College and 2 years working with Pipe Major Brian Donaldson at Inveran Bagpipes, where I learned all I know about wood turning and setting up Highland pipes. Brian is an absolute master.
My Scottish Small Pipe (SSP), are flagship of “Beckpipes”. The “Beck Valve” has been a very successful innovation, and it’s sales have helped sustain “Beckpipes” during the development stages of my SSP, and other innovations such as the “Cowal Chanter” and the “Drummer’s Stick Sheath”.