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Blog series by icemanhank updated 09-05-2014 04:44 AM 7 parts 14881 reads 30 comments total

Part 1: The Block with an Aussie touch

08-04-2014 02:09 AM by icemanhank | 5 comments »

Hi all, My woodworking club has a competition each year called ‘The Super Foot’ and entry costs a small fee and all entrants get a piece of wood equivilant to 12×12 x 1” (even though Australia is a metric country) to make whatever they can dream up. You cannot use ANY other timber than the super foot but using fittings and assorted other non timber items is allowed. I will post some of the finished items next month after judging as there are normally some real...

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Part 2: Making the flute

08-08-2014 12:40 AM by icemanhank | 8 comments »

I have a couple of pics so far. I had to make a join in the timber so I dowelled it together at the block of the flute. I think the next step is to join the pieces together and start shaping the outside. I have heard it is a good idea to finish the inside of the SAC with a waterproof finish to stop any condensation getting in there and ruining the timber but am unsure if I should do this or not.

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Part 3: Shaping

08-18-2014 01:01 AM by icemanhank | 5 comments »

Just some pics of shaping the flute, I have given it a blow and it has a really nice sound so I assume I must have got the nest right.

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Part 4: a stand and starting to apply finish

08-22-2014 08:26 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

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!

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Part 5: Finished

08-27-2014 09:25 AM by icemanhank | 10 comments »

Hi everybody, I have finished the flute now and I am very happy with how it has turned out. I was quite concerned about getting the finger holes correct and had some help from Charlie Mato-Toyela who spent about 90’ on the phone from the USA to Australia to help me get the pitch and the tuning correct, Charlie is a indeed wonderful person. His Youtube page is Blue Bear Flutes which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is contemplating making one of these lovely instrument...

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Part 6: Some of the entries to the 'super foot' competition

09-04-2014 07:41 AM by icemanhank | 0 comments »

The super foot; Some of the entries. (Sadly I took these pics before all of the entries were submitted, there was also a pair of lovely walking sticks with a stand.) I will post a pic of the winning entry in my next blog!

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Part 7: The Superfoot winning entry

09-05-2014 04:44 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

Hi everybody, Back in the initial entry to the making of my flute I talked about the competition that it was made for and in the last post I had photos of the entries (sadly all but one) and a picture of what we were given to work with. Here is the winning entry by David Stanley and I think you will agree it is a really wonderful piece. It is a clock, in the pictures it has no hands, and as per normal with David it is just so well carved. Also; David doesn’t use plans!

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