Shoppers at New Bagpipe Factory Store Ask the Owner to Turn the Machines Back On

HOPE, Maine — When Chris Pinchbeck isn’t watching his two young children, teaching an online photography course, running his property management business, training his puppy or maintaining his cut-your-own Christmas tree field, he is working on completing building plans for a new bagpipe workshop. “In my spare time,” he said, laughing. Pinchbeck is one of about five Scottish smallpipes makers in the United States. After 15 years of working from his home, he decided it’s time to build a real shop. To do this he purchased a piece of land on “The Corner” — the intersection of Camden and Hatchet Mountain roads, which is essentially the “downtown” of this community of about 1,300 people. Playing the bagpipes had always been a dream of Pinchbeck’s. It wasn’t until he moved to the midcoast in the mid-’90s that he found a local bagpipe group that was willing to show him how to play. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)