Native American Indian Flute with an Australian twist #4: a stand and starting to apply finish

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Blog entry by icemanhank posted 08-22-2014 08:26 AM 2084 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi again,

I had some material left over so have made a simple stand and have applied 4 coats of scandinavian oil, I plan on about another 4 coats and then beeswax.

I’m still not brave enough to start drilling the finger holes!

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 12:44 PM

That is really cool. I love the “bird” as the Indians call it. I like the guide on the side of the “roo”. That will keep it from being moved sideways and insure it always covers the air hole properly. Great idea!!!!!

I made one a couple years ago ( and I got a lot of help from Bill Hughes in Utah on the slow air chamber and I got a chart on the hole sizes and placement from him.. He also had a video on how to make a fixture for routing the chamber inside on the router table. I did not make mine that way because it was almost done by the time I saw the video. I had planned to make another but I stink at playing this one. I don’t have any musical talent.

I took my flute to the native American Flute Festival in Casa Grande, Az. and let 2 of the Indians play it and it sounded magnificent. They could not believe I made it.

When tuning it the first time, I made the mistake of clamping the Snark tuner onto the end of the flute. It blocked the air and threw it off a half note when played against a tuner on my friend’s laptop. So I put the Snark on the table and tuned it that way and it came right on to an F sharp.

Good luck!!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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