Organ pipes are made of an alloy of tin and lead, which is heavy and soft. Over time the weight of the pipe can collapse the toe, as shown here. This toe has collapsed and closed off the air supply, which would soften the pipe. This pipe needs a new toe to correct the problem and ensure it does not happen again. Unfortunately, the client decided to sell the organ rather than make repairs.
Many times the work needs to be done in a wood shop rather than in the church. Our office and shop in Maple Grove is where we construct wind chests, repair and clean pipes, do wiring and voicing. Illustrated here is a selection of pictures taken in the shop.