Before determining if your bagpipe bag requires seasoning or not, play
it for 10 - 15 minutes. Initially a pipebag may feel dry, it does not necessarily require seasoning.
The moisture from your breath maybe enough to return the pipebag to its proper functioning state.
the cap from the bottle heat your MG Seasoning in the microwave until Liquid.This may vary depending on the microwave power
setting but will be typically 1 - 1.5 minutes. DO NOT ALLOW IT TO BOIL.
Remove the drones, chanter, blowpipe, bag
cover and any water traps. Cork all five stocks. Remove the cork from the chanter stock and pour a small quantity of MG bagpipe
seasoning into the bag through the stock. Remove as much air as possible and replace the cork.
Rub the seasoning
into the skin paying particular attention to the welt (seam) of the bag and the area between and around the stocks. The more
time spent doing this the better. Remove the cork from the blow pipe stock and replace the blowpipe. Ensure that the remaining
corks are secure and blow up the bag as tight as possible. This will force the seasoning into the stitching and skin. Rock
the bag back and forth so the liquid can be heard running along the welt while at the same time applying pressure
to the bag, this will force the seasoning further into the skin and stitching.
Check that all the
stocks are secure and the blowpipe valve is not leaking. If after 30 seconds or so you are unable to blow
a significant amount of air into the bag, it is tight enough. NO BAG IS TOTALLY AIR TIGHT. Do not expect the bag to
remain full of air for a long period of time.
Carefully remove the blowpipe and cork the stock. Hang the
bag up using the loop at the rear of the welt and remove the cork from the chanter stock. Let the seasoning
drain out ensuring that the other stocks are kept upright so any seasoning can drain down into the bag and out of
the chanter stock. Work your fingers around the part of the chanter stock that is tied into the bag to ensure that
excess seasoning does not build up and congeal in this area. Be sure that all excess seasoning has drained out before
Once the excess seasoning has drained out of the bag (there is no need to hang the bag overnight.
20 -30 minutes is ample time) the stocks MUST be cleaned thoroughly. Use a warm slightly damp rag for
this. Ensure that the bottoms of the stocks are not clogged with seasoning. You can check the drone stocks by
holding the bottom of two stocks together and looking through, the blowpipe and chanter stocks can be inspected by
holding under a light. If they are contaminated then continue to clean until spotless.
The more you season your
pipe bag the more these areas may become contaminated. Your bagpipe will not function properly if seasoning is allowed
to build up in these areas. Be carfull not to over season your pipe bag, there is no set interval for seasoning it
is dependent upon the climatic conditions and the frequency of playing.