Goatherd pipe (goat’s horn, waz)

Goatherd pipe (goat’s horn, waz)
Goatherd pipe, Cantabria. Lydia Zarceño. 'Copyleft' Luis Á. Payno y Lydia Zarceño

Goatherd pipe (goat’s horn, waz)

A small goat’s horn is also ideal material for making a bevel pipe. In this case, a goatherd pipe following models from la Vega de Pas in Cantabria. The bevel is made at the narrowest part, making a wedge-shaped cut and making the lid with beeswax.

Using a thin splinter of wood, the channel is made by manipulating the wax until the sound is right. Three holes are made on one side so that four notes can be played, and the scale can be enlarged by partially covering the “bell” (outlet): the more it is covered the graver the pitch

There are goat and other animal horn pipes in many parts of Europe. Other kinds put the wooden or wax lid at the large end and the air outlet at the narrow one. They may have more holes.

 

 

Sound of Goatherd pipe: click on black triangle