Bob Hardie started taking piping lessons from the famous Robert Reid in 1934 and in the years to come he learned how to turn bagpipes from Reid. After WWII, Hardie became the main turner at Piobmor until 1950 when he went out on his own. He bought the Peter Henderson name in 1973 after the firm closed.
Hardie bagpipes and chanters went on to be one of the most popular brands ever made.
Robert G Hardie passed away in November of 1990, after that quality of Hardie bagpipes was intermittent. The company closed in 2001, but was resurrected and now maintains a high standard of quality. See Hardie in the Modern makers section for more information.
Thanks to Shalni Prowse for allowing me to photograph her 1956 Hardies -
This full ivory set is in perfect condition!
Bass bell and cord bead
Ivory projecting mount
Stock ferrules and bottom mounts
Thanks to Edmund Chilton of Kamloops for pictures of his 1969 full silver set -
Tenor bell and cord bead
Tenor ringcaps - note the rare Runic design
Tenor shoulders and ferrules
Tenor projecting mounts
You can just make out the Birmingham hallmark on the ferrule...
Another look athe the hallmark, the written "u" is from Birmingham, 1969
Above is a set from 1960, mounted with Catalin ringcaps, nickel ferrules and blackwood projecting mounts.
A side profile of the tenor tops, quite similar to Henderson of the day.
This picture compares a 1954 Hardie(top) with a 1922 Henderson. Note the subtle difference in the cord beads.
Hallmark above and below showing written "E" date letter from 1954
Another good comparison shot. 1954 Hardie on top, 1922 Henderson on bottom. See how the projecting mounts are quite different
Hardie(top) vs Henderson bottom projecting mounts.
A Hardie set from 1987
Imitation ivory mounts and ferrules turn yellow as they oxidize. Circa 1987
A look at the tops of the 1987 set, raised bushes were seen in the 80's and 90's.
This next set is from the 1950′s, as you can see the catalin has oxidized considerably more than the 1987 set above.
Thanks to Tim Pyne of Nanaimo, BC for allowing me to photograph his pipes -
Nice side profile of a tenor top
Tenor shoulder, note the shape of the shoulder lip