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Weapons Training - Polishing your Pipes [Vintage]

Weapons Training - Polishing your Pipes [Vintage]


In this class we look at the different products and techniques to polish all the different types of metal on your pipes. Nickel, nickel-silver, aluminum, and stainless steel all fall into one category while silver plate and sterling silver fall into another. Learn what to do about silver that you have left for too long and how to maintain it with minimal effort! Tarnish be gone and look your best on competition day!

Date of Original Live Class: Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 6:30pm
Course Name: Weapons Training
Class Name: Polishing your Pipes
Class Instructor: Carl Donley

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Carl Donley Carl Donley is professional piper who hails originally from Chicago. He has been playing for over 20 years and has taken numerous prizes in solos throughout his rise to the professional grade. Carl got his pipe band start with the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders in south Florida, and also played in the Grade 2 Chicago Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band during high school, before joining The Oran Mor Pipe Band in 2008. In addition to playing in Oran Mor, Carl was the Pipe Major of The Iona College Pipe Band during his four years at Iona College. He is now the Chief Operating Officer at the Piper's Dojo.


  1. Just listened to Carl's archived class on polishing the Pipes. I was wondering if anyone had any Proven ways to clean up real ivory and also proven ways to maintain the real ivory.

    Any comments would be appreciated..............Thanks

    1. Hi Allan,

      I have no proven way nor do I recommend anything with the Ivory. It is not an area I have any experience with and I know from reading that because of its porous nature it is very difficult to clean, polish, or otherwise alter. You would have to ask en expert in restoration, I wouldn't trust anything on the forums that say to use something like toothpaste!

      Sorry I can't be of more help!