My name is Rob and I am a java developer by day. When my Grandfather passed away I started to take an interest in the family research he had done. I also decided to learn the bagpipes which he had previously done. After taking up a few social activities i found that there were several people interested in what I was doing. I started a simple blog site as a means of showing everyone what I was upto.
I found that the blog site needed to hold more information which it was not able to do, therefore I have created this wordpress site which gives me a bit more freedom around how I display information.
I intend to blog my activities, events, and carvings, but now I also intend create more pages to have more information like a performance calendar, genealogy repository of my ancestors and genealogy information, my carvings, and even what whiskies I am drinking.
My hobbies include
Over the last few years I have gotten into Maori Carving. I have mainly carved Swamp Matai from Havelock in the Marlborough sounds. I have done several wedding gifts, birthday keys, and other requests.
I started playing the bagpipes in 2014, and started solo competitions 3 months later. I initially got a few 2nd placings, but in the following season I won both the Novice grade and D grade at different competitions.
I now play with two Auckland Pipe bands, City of Sails Pipe Band, and City Of Auckland Pipe Band. I have mainly competed with City Of Sails at grade 4 level, at the time of writing this I intend to compete at grade 3 level.
I am available for bagpiping requests for Haggis ceremonies, weddings, funerals, or any event you may need one or more pipers ( or drummers)
If you require a piper for any reason let me know. I work in the Auckland area, but can source pipers for any region in New Zealand.
Fill out this contact sheet and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Alternatively if you would like to request a carving please also use this contact form