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Author:  Uni Flute [ Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:03 am ]
Post subject:  Scotland's Last Flutemaker

A short profile of flute maker George Ormiston.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=na-mFxoAb9Y

Author:  cavefish [ Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:32 pm ]
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damm 4 years in waiting for the wood to cure, nice i guess that would be a sign of a good maker, patience,

Author:  Conical bore [ Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:19 pm ]
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cavefish wrote:
damm 4 years in waiting for the wood to cure, nice i guess that would be a sign of a good maker, patience,

Absolutely, and this is how every maker of wooden musical instruments deals with wood. Every guitar maker, every fiddle maker too. Wood takes a while to dry and learn that it's now destined for a different life, and no longer part of a growing tree.

There are methods that attempt to speed up the process, but it's always a sure bet if you're working with a maker who uses the Old School process of just stacking and waiting, under controlled conditions.

Author:  cavefish [ Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:28 pm ]
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Conical bore wrote:
cavefish wrote:
damm 4 years in waiting for the wood to cure, nice i guess that would be a sign of a good maker, patience,

Absolutely, and this is how every maker of wooden musical instruments deals with wood. Every guitar maker, every fiddle maker too. Wood takes a while to dry and learn that it's now destined for a different life, and no longer part of a growing tree.

There are methods that attempt to speed up the process, but it's always a sure bet if you're working with a maker who uses the Old School process of just stacking and waiting, under controlled conditions.

imagine just starting out, the wait , a good 4 years before

Author:  Peter Duggan [ Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:02 am ]
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cavefish wrote:
damm 4 years in waiting for the wood to cure

I counted five:
0. Blank from sawmill
1. Round with pilot bore
2. First piece
3. Almost finished shape
4. Finished shape
5. Drill holes etc.

Author:  Terry McGee [ Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:34 am ]
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cavefish wrote:
imagine just starting out, the wait , a good 4 years before

That's why God invented Delrin....

Well, it mightn't have been God. Possibly DuPont. God might not have been so keen on homopolymers....

Seriously, knocking up a few flutes in Delrin (acetyl homopolymer PolyOxyMethylene POM) will let you hone your skills (and your tools) while the wood dries....

Nothing should put you off flute making. Simply the best fun....

Author:  cavefish [ Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:57 am ]
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:thumbsup:

Author:  Terry McGee [ Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:48 am ]
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And in regard to George being Scotland's Last Flutemaker, I sincerely hope not! Perhaps her Latest Flute Maker?

C'mon young Scots, there's work to be done. Those fiddle players have too easy a run for too long!

It's an interesting question that, if you were challenged to come up with a design for an ideal Scottish Flute, would you settle on an Irish flute? What would you be aiming for?

Author:  cavefish [ Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:19 am ]
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nice sounding flutes too, you too terry :thumbsup:

Author:  Conical bore [ Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:28 am ]
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Terry McGee wrote:
It's an interesting question that, if you were challenged to come up with a design for an ideal Scottish Flute, would you settle on an Irish flute? What would you be aiming for?

Now that's an interesting question. I play a few Scottish tunes and I've listened to a lot of Scottish and Cape Breton trad. Mostly the fiddle variety and not so much the pipes, thanks to my fiddler Significant Other who is into that music a bit more than I am.

Some of the distinctive characteristics like a "Scottish snap" in strathspeys and the scratchy bow attack on fiddle aren't easy to easy to duplicate on an instrument with a relatively soft attack like the flute. You can do it with great technique (see link below), but it's the main thing I have trouble with, when playing these tunes.

Regarding type of flute, I can't think of anything other than a 19th Century conical bore "Irish flute" that could do a better job. These flutes facilitate a harder, dirtier sound than the Boehm flute, and the best of them are already optimized for volume. It's still largely down to player technique, I think. Check out this Calum Steward clip. He's taking it to an extreme with variations after he gets rolling, but this sure sounds Scottish to me. It's the note attack that does it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKXuZVzrqM

Author:  Sedi [ Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:34 am ]
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That man has just insane skills. I'm a huge fan.

Author:  kenny [ Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:14 am ]
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I had thought to post the "Tullochgorum" clip as well, but you got there before me. Sad thing is that Calum has more or less given up the flute entirely to concentrate on the uilleann pipes.

Author:  Sedi [ Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:25 am ]
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That is sad indeed.

Author:  Peter Duggan [ Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:43 pm ]
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Terry McGee wrote:
It's an interesting question that, if you were challenged to come up with a design for an ideal Scottish Flute, would you settle on an Irish flute? What would you be aiming for?

Same basic type but with at least four keys. My Copley special meets the spec for me!

Author:  an seanduine [ Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:02 pm ]
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I could be wrong, as the video isn´t very clear, but Calum´s instrument appears to be one of his cylindrical flutes with a French Tuning Headjoint.

Bob

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