Spoon carving.

Spoon carving with Jon Mac.
Carve spoons from green wood with your bushcraft edge tools. The knife, Axe and hook knife.
Home of the MaChris MiniMac spoon carving knife.


Thursday, 3 June 2010

A Simple Wooden Whistle...




The first thing I need to find is a suitable piece of stick, preferably seasoned, but in this case I used a green stick. The problem with using green wood is the fluff that's left in the chamber when you drill it out. I'm sure that I can sort out the problem with a piece of hot wire later.

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I carefully drilled out the chamber with an 8mm bit and followed it up with a 10mm. The diameter and length of the chamber dictates the pitch of the whistle...

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Once I've finished drilling out the stick I need to measure with my finger where to place the Window and Lip...

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About a thumbs width from the drilled end will suffice...

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I start with a cut straight down...

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And then a cut on the diagonal to meet it...

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I keep going until I reach this point...

first steps wooden whistle

Now....Any amount of blowing at this point will only produce a red face. So I need to make the Fipple...
Don't laugh....That's what it's called.....
I quartered a short piece of stick and started whittling a dowel with a flat edge...

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Here I am with work in progress...

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I keep trying it for size as I go...

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What I needed was an interference fit, somewhere between staying put and splitting the whistle was fine...
Push the Fipple in until it nearly reaches the window...
At this point I gave the whistle a few blasts just to check it was all hunky dory....

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I used the flame of a lighter to singe away the furry bits....Next time I will use a seasoned stick...

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When I was happy with the whole arrangement I cut of the tail end of the Fipple...
Now...The Fipple may stay put, but just to be on the safe side I would recommend making up some glue. Easily done with some Bear grease, pine resin and charcoal.
Now...In Devon we've got plenty of Manglewurzles but we're a bit short on Bears, so I would advise nipping off to the ironmongers and purchasing a wood glue of your choice, remembering that you will have to put the glued end in your mouth...

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And there we are...One perfectly formed wooden whistle...

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hennock+spoon carving+first steps

Well...Perfectly formed after a bit of carving anyway...

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The International Mountain Distress Signal is 6 rapid signals (by whistle, torch, shout, etc.) repeated at one minute intervals until you are located.


Just in case my old mates come looking...
ENJOY...