These Jorvik Pipes are an inspired and artistically recreated version of a historical Viking traveling instrument, also known as the Viking panpipes or wooden syrinx. Each set of pipes is handcrafted of quality hardwood, with many artwork customizations available! These Viking panpipes can bring years of enjoyment to both novice musicians and masters, are able to be tuned, and can give off a bold, striking sound as well as more subtle notes. They are virtually indestructible, easy to care for, and stow easily into pack or pocket. Entertain your friends at a party or your fellow Vikings at camp; with a little practice, these pipes can make you a skald worthy of the sagas!
• MADE TO ORDER
• HANDCRAFTED with pyrographed artwork
• FREE SHIPPING with insurance for Domestic U.S. orders
• LEAD TIME: 2-3 weeks (from time of purchase to shipping day; timeframes can be affected by workload, holidays, etc. – please refer to the Shop Announcement for posted info on creation time frames, or inquire via messages if a specific due date is needed).
• WOOD TYPES AVAILABLE: Ash, Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, Walnut [Sample Chart included in Photos]
(all woods are finished with a natural, non-toxic linseed oil and beeswax mixture)
• EDGE STYLES AVAILABLE: Plain (rounded smooth)
• ARTWORK AVAILABLE: 36 designs [Sample Chart included in Photos]
Custom artwork requests always welcome!
• MEASUREMENTS: 4.5x4x.75 inches [HxWxD] (completed/assembled product)
HISTORY / ORIGIN:
Before the book “The Viking Dig” was published, clues about what it was like to live in Jorvik (York, United Kingdom) were few and far between. Most came from objects found by chance when workmen were laying foundations or digging drains. Only a handful of small-scale excavations had encountered Viking-Age remains. The excavation at Coppergate produced 40,000 different archaeological layers or contexts and led to the discovery of over 250,000 pieces of pottery, 5 tons of animal bone and 40,000 individually interesting objects. All of this evidence has been identified, preserved and researched by York Archaeological Trust. Amongst those items, a small but rare object called a syrinx, or set of panpipes, made of boxwood, was found in a 10th-century pit at Coppergate. This is the only surviving example of such an instrument known from the Viking period. The extant instrument is currently on display in the Jorvik Viking Centre, York, England.
The Jorvik Pipes will ship with a short pamphlet providing some of the historical research involving this instrument, as well as tips for fine tuning the five notes and lifelong care of the pipes.
• Each set of pipes are made to the approximate size of the discovered find, measuring 3 inches wide by 4.5 inches long, with a ¾-inch thickness. Five holes are drilled into the wood at different depths, thereby creating notes from ‘A’ sharp to ‘E’ sharp. The instrument is played by blowing across the holes, rather like a more traditional flute or even a bottle. The pipes can produce a wonderful, "period sound”, and are an excellent instrument for casual tunes or accompanying the recital of a saga. The holes are drilled, sanded very smooth, and then finished with three applications of a Danish oil and beeswax mixture, along with the exterior surfaces. The Danish oil is a 100% natural finish that is completely non-toxic. It will protect the artwork and preserve the wood for many years to come. The natural oil finish is the only finish available for this item. A leather thong, adorned with either an antler tip or decorative bead, allows the instrument to be carried on a belt or wrist. The pipes can even be fine-tuned by adding drops of warm liquid beeswax into the holes, if the musician so desires.
• Artwork can be burned into either side of the pipes; when ordering, please indicate whether the lanyard hole should be on the player's left or right - this dictates the artwork placement as well as the direction of the notes' range. Customers can request custom artwork or even supply their own designs if they wish; please contact me beforehand with any customization questions or requests so that we may discuss the details.
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PLEASE NOTE: All of my items are crafted by me, in my home studio and workshop. I am a one-man show, with no ‘production partners’ to help mass-produce any item (though I will source pawns, etc. from quality reputable dealers). Be assured that when you buy an item from me, you are getting a distinctive creation from the original maker. Given the inherent nature of the handcrafted work, time frames for more complex creations, whether the complexity is the art, the build, or a combination of both, can be extensive. Please be patient; I communicate and update customers regularly with the status of their unique creation(s).