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 Post subject: Birch Flutes?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:56 am 
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Anyone have experience with Birch Flutes?
If so what are they like?
Birch can look a lot like Apple or Boxwood
Birch seems to be used for various Parts for Bodhrans, Pipes as well as String Instruments, but I'm interested in finding out if anyone has made Birch Flute?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:25 pm 
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It would really need impregnating I think Ben to get up to the kind of density we lust after. EG:

Water 1.0
Pear 0.65
Birch 0.67
Boxwood, 0.95
Blackwood 1.27,
Mopane 1.3,
Gidgee 1.35
Delrin 1.356


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:33 pm 
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Terry McGee wrote:
It would really need impregnating I think Ben to get up to the kind of density we lust after. EG:

Water 1.0
Pear 0.65
Birch 0.67
Boxwood, 0.95
Blackwood 1.27,
Mopane 1.3,
Gidgee 1.35
Delrin 1.356

Does this mean that Water would make a better flute than Pear, Birch, or Boxwood?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:45 pm 
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kkrell wrote:
Terry McGee wrote:
It would really need impregnating I think Ben to get up to the kind of density we lust after. EG:

Water 1.0
Pear 0.65
Birch 0.67
Boxwood, 0.95
Blackwood 1.27,
Mopane 1.3,
Gidgee 1.35
Delrin 1.356

Does this mean that Water would make a better flute than Pear, Birch, or Boxwood?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:47 pm 
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kkrell wrote:
Terry McGee wrote:
It would really need impregnating I think Ben to get up to the kind of density we lust after. EG:

Water 1.0
Pear 0.65
Birch 0.67
Boxwood, 0.95
Blackwood 1.27,
Mopane 1.3,
Gidgee 1.35
Delrin 1.356

Does this mean that Water would make a better flute than Pear, Birch, or Boxwood?


Sure, but carving the embouchure sucks...

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kkrell wrote:
Terry McGee wrote:
It would really need impregnating I think Ben to get up to the kind of density we lust after. EG:

Water 1.0
Pear 0.65
Birch 0.67
Boxwood, 0.95
Blackwood 1.27,
Mopane 1.3,
Gidgee 1.35
Delrin 1.356

Does this mean that Water would make a better flute than Pear, Birch, or Boxwood?


Probably. But like the Covid 19 vaccine, you have to keep it refrigerated....


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 Post subject: Re: Birch Flutes?
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Terry McGee wrote:
Probably. But like the Covid 19 vaccine, you have to keep it refrigerated....

Reducing the density to take it below boxwood...

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Katharine wrote:
Sure, but carving the embouchure sucks...


Sucks? That's where I've been going wrong, I've been blowing...

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While I don't post as much anymore, I still lurk around the boards periodically. Just reading this thread I have to say:

1) Y'all crack me up, and
2) I love all my fellow Chiffers.

Thanks for brightening a cold, cheerless Monday morning. This is by far my leading candidate for thread of the year!

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We are indeed a lucky bunch, Jayhawk, not only playing (and/or making) a great instrument, but in being able to enjoy the fellowship of like-minded souls around the entire world.

I became especially aware of that when the bushfires on our east coast swept down to our back fence here in Malua Bay, and the surreal scenes from our local beach made it to front pages of newspapers around the world (not much more than a year ago). I was completely "cut off by modern communications" as Milligan put it so many years ago - no power, no internet, no mobile coverage (the local towers burnt) for a week or so, and then sporadically on and off after that as stressed and damaged systems continued to fail.

But when I did check out Chiff & Fipple, sitting in the car at the top of a high hill looking across the bay to a distant mobile tower, there was a thread asking after my safety. How nice is that?

I know things are looking pretty gloomy in many parts of our Irish music diaspora right now, but I think with the vaccines and growing awareness of governments we can see the glimmer of hope at the other end of the flute bore. So line up for those jabs, and let's get this show back on the road!


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 Post subject: Re: Birch Flutes?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:24 am 
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You are, Terry, a treasure.


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Now, jim stone, my only concern about you is your proclivity for exaggeration. "Gem" yes. "Diamond in the rough" certainly. "Pure gold", undoubtedly.

But "treasure"?

Oh, alright then!

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C'mon, Terry. You know the old saying: One man's trash is another man's treasure.


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 Post subject: Re: Birch Flutes?
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I'm not a master flute craftsman but from my experience and tests material has a small effect on tone. So I'd think birch would work fine, although may not be the ideal wood.


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