Basic wooden flutemaking method, and resources

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Basic wooden flutemaking method, and resources

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This thread is meant as a simple resource of basic ideas for those building or thinking of building wooden instruments. It is aimed particularly at method, simple method, for others to be able to go ahead and build a first, or first few instruments. It is not aimed at technical discussion, another thread could be started by anyone with that in mind maybe, or there exist technical forums elsewhere to that end. It is not aimed at design, though some freely available designs are, and may be, included. Any links must be to respectful public pages, and posting of design, or own measurement of design, of existing builders is prohibited, except with permission of maker. I had thought of making the topic wider, but I think it is best to stick to wood for reader facility, another thread could be started for particular instrument or material by anyone enthusiastic to do so I think. I include mostly my own experience, it is not nescessarily the best method of making flutes, but it is a simple approach that works for me to make reasonable instruments . There are a few presentations of drilling bores on the web, mostly not very complete, some questionable . Others are invited to share their method. Finally, learning a craft is a process that includes mistakes, it is likely some will find mistakes appearing in their work even following any recommendations to a T. That is how it is, and so we then learn and help others by making further recommendation or adding advice. We don't blame others unless they are clearly at fault, although pointing out difficulty or error with any approach is welcomed, as solutions are then searched for. My text is long, because I am walking anyone through what I know, with step by step information. For anyone without the time to read that, or just wanting an idea, just skip to the pictures :-) .

I won't nescessarily answer any questions if there are any posted, it has taken several days to put down in writing just about all I know so far, already. As the description has become longer than planned, I will post it as three chapters. The first on boring and shaping a cylindrical flute, the second on building a lathe, shaping a conical bore, and starting from green wood. The third on tone holes and finishing. Those next two I hope will be shorter than the first. Please remember though, I am just an amateur and have only been making flutes for a year.

Chapter 1 is in pdf from

https://ln4.sync.com/dl/0971f5750/mghwz ... j-5ubfvxww

And a link to the original article that provided many ideas is

https://web.archive.org/web/20210823031 ... 202068.pdf


I hope both links work.
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Thank you so much! Very nice handbook!

I love figuring it all out with experimenting, but this will be great for refference and solving problems. Very nice to read.

Thank you
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Here is Ch. 2

I'm just going to post it and walk away from any screen for a while :-)

https://ln4.sync.com/dl/8ffed04f0/v3nxr ... 3-57jcqn2r

This is the included link to how pole lathes work.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i4roT7ohT7I
(An Introduction to Green Woodwork - Part 4: The Pole Lathe
Ben & Lois Orford)

Ahh...Sync file storage only allows me to publish three links at a time, so had to remove the previous scale mp3. Anyone who wants to host or share these files feel free. Ch. 3 will be a couple of weeks probably because have spent enough time on the computer for now.

Thanks Bruce :thumbsup:
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Ch.3 is more verbal, and as I decided to just write down everything that came to mind as I was going along, it is very verbal. So I look at problems faced along the way, choices available in design and construction, as well as broader possibilities of making, playing or buying flutes. In short it compends my own experience and thoughts up to now, and hopefully it will keep anyone starting off making flutes company in some way.

As Sync only allows three public links for download, I have moved everything to pCloud as well. The three chapters will be left at Sync, but I include the new pCloud download links as well.

Ch.3

https://ln5.sync.com/dl/28704c090/ec529 ... x-gb6xa9z7

...............

Edit in : Seems like the below links don't work for some reason... will figure it out. Edit in 2... now it seems they do... shrug?

Ch.3

https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?code ... K3BbgtyjsV

Ch.2

https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?code ... PqVXcDdJRV

Ch.1

https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?code ... EW2zEdm1OV


............


An extra idea is a way to lower the top first octave note by one. I get confused with notes, semitones and halfnotes... so I just call each stop in a chromatic scale a note :-) . This makes playing certain songs certain ways possible. Kiss the maid, Fourleaf Clover/ Hunter's Purse, Galway Bay so far. After I broke the first adjustor...adjuster (?) , I tried these songs by half holeing top note for a few months ... Four Leaf Clover was close (played after Catherine McEvoy) , Kiss the Maid (played after Bríd O'Gorman ) was awkward but near, and Galway Bay (played after Paddy Carty, and always in tribute to) I did not try after a few attempts. Much joy at making another finally, and I include a brief clip of first couple of bars of Galway Bay.... not to demonstrate own playing because I have much to practice to bring the whole song up to acceptable level, and this clip is both out in timing and poorly recorded on a mobile mic (eq. necessary for wind sound takes away some nice tone, a little reverb compensates some)... but just to show roughly what is possible playingwise this way.

I include the eq. and reverb as well as eq. only clips, in reality to me in a room with some resonance it sounds closer to with reverb and with better tone... but then it would :-) . Flute footnote is C#, renaissance style flute.


How to make this and clip links

https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?code ... S05LzGhz8k
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Making a drill bit and how to (and how not to) case harden steel.

It was a four hour walk to pick up some more steel rod to make a 12mm drill bit, a bore width that will fit on the lathe axle before further reaming... the walk was nice but it explains how many things happen at their own pace around here. I figured I might as well document step by step making of the drill bit, and the case hardening of it... so the rest is in the pdf linked below.



https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?code ... 7M2pbInOrk
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