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 Post subject: Clock Making Skills Come In Handy
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:34 pm 
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I purchased a second Native American flute.... and I got it cheap because it had a lot of dead notes. Worked on it and got enough notes to just play imrov on ... but it still had some buzz. Looked down in the bore and noticed a lot of glue had dripped in when they glued the two pieces together .. pulled out my Gen Bb and knocked all of that off and the buzz was gone.

Today I noticed that the piece the bird sits on was plastic and wrinkled ... cut out one from thin steel and replaced it ... and Shazzamm ... all notes play and it sounds great. Only problem is that it is still very quiet. Think I need to allow more air in but maybe will leave it the way it is and keep Myrna happy.

This was a good purchase .... and it is nice to be able to "fix" problems.

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Nice going Jim - but I thought you were sleeping?

if you can work on a clock I would think a whistle isn't much of a challenge. Have you ever tried making one?

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jrc wrote:
Nice going Jim - but I thought you were sleeping?

if you can work on a clock I would think a whistle isn't much of a challenge. Have you ever tried making one?

jrc


I couldn't find a commerical whistle when the bug first bit me and so I built a few. My first whistles were made out of copper water pipe .. with wooden plug .. not too bad but very quiet .... then I thought of making some out of better materials but had a chance to try Judy's and Tommy's and .... after playing them... said that was about as good as I was ever going to find so why reinvent the wheel.

I am sort of interested in making a few NAfs but don't know that I will .. seem to have two nice ones now and would interfer with my power naps!!! I like that term ... now I can tell Myrna I am not goofing off .. just recharging!!! :D

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Well done Jim. Did you fit it with a cuckoo?


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Adrian wrote:
Well done Jim. Did you fit it with a cuckoo?


Alas .. No ... I couldn't figure out how to get Tommy in!!! :laughing:

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Jim,

I've been making Native Flutes the past few years. I cut the windways directly into the flute body using my milling machine. I know that some flutes use a brass spacer for the windway.

My favorites are Douglas Fir with fire striping


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