|Project by bonobo||posted 12-21-2012 06:49 PM||2472 views||15 times favorited||4 comments|
Started holidays today and last night I had a couple of hours free before bed, so decided to work on this slide whistle that has been rattling around in my head for a week. It was such a fun project that I lost track of time and kept going until I finished it at 4am. It’s a copy of a pitch pipe used by church choirs in the 18th/early 19th century. I modelled it after one I didn’t win in an ebay auction.
I started with a small block of scrap lauan, sliced off the walls with a rip saw, hand planed it to thickness and squared all the long grain edges on a shooting board. I used a piece of old leather belt for the stopper. Added a coat of left-over shellac and some beeswax, which I polished with a piece of cork and a scrap of wool.
It sounds just like a slide recorder. The period examples usually have a scale marked on the plunger, so I’ll probably inlay something to do that.
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