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Making. Proper holes After the milling machine has made the basic holes, the real work on them begins.


The all-important embouchure is cut to the desired profile, using a range of hand tools, with the assistance of bright lights and a stereo microscope. You'd be amazed at what you can achieve with a steady hand once you can see what you're doing. I could have been a brain surgeon. But what a waste! Finger and key holes are undercut in various directions to optimise tuning and responsiveness. Stamping As the flute is now taking on an identity, and the exterior work is mostly done, I stamp the instrument with my maker's mark and the flute's serial number. The keys The keys are mostly cast, from models I've forged, in a new and patented alloy called Bright Silver.

Occasionally though, I need to make special keys to suit a particular player's requirements. (I have to admit to a personal vice here. Pre-shrinking Rings and Relaxation The rings are made up usually from D cross-section silver wire. Tenons. Here's how to make a musical bamboo flute by Robert E. Kramer Issue #42. Materials 1 propane or butane torch or campfire to heat up metal rod. 1 steel rod at least 1/2" diameter 1 oven mitt or heavy cloth 1 fine-tooth saw such as a hacksaw 1 grease pencil or magic marker 1 sheet fine grit sandpaper 1 old 1/4" drill bit 1 pair of vise grip pliers 1 old bamboo fishing pole 1 measuring tape Linseed oil and rag Instructions Cut out a piece of bamboo, at least 18" to 20" long with a diameter between 3/4" and 1", from the bottom of an old fishing pole.

Here's how to make a musical bamboo flute by Robert E. Kramer Issue #42

Be sure to cut it so as to leave one end blocked by the fibrous material that is between the sections. (See Figure 1.) Measure and mark a spot 1" from the blocked end of the bamboo. Your next step is to use the 1/2" steel rod to burn out the unneeded fibrous material. Next you need to heat the 1/4" drill bit until it is red hot. Take a piece of fine-grit sandpaper about 3"x3" and roll it up. Rub a coat of linseed oil on the finished flute. Bamboo Poles Supplier UK Bamboo Fences Gazebos. Thatch International Ltd.: Home : Bamboo Selection Bamboo poles are very strong and they have their own unique character and markings.

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Their versatility allows them to be used both indoors and outdoors. Bamboo poles come in packs of 5 poles. About Thatch | Traditional Thatching | Natural Products | TV & Film | Zoos & Theme Parks | Home Page Thatch International Ltd.Turgis Court Farm, Stratfield Turgis, Hook, RG27 0ATTel:0845 600 9292 Fax: +44 (0)1256 883904Enquiries: Pete Davies or Richard Lee <> Site rebuilt by Dave Fink, March 2003. A Guide to the Irish Flute : Directory of Flute Makers. Home > Directory of Flute Makers This international directory is the most comprehensive available, but is by no means complete; if you know of a flute maker or dealer who's not included, please contact me and I'll add it to the next version of the guide.

A Guide to the Irish Flute : Directory of Flute Makers

Please note that a listing in the directory does not constitute an endorsement. If you are thinking about purchasing a flute from a particular maker, ask other flute players about that maker's reputation. If you're looking for a used flute or if you want to sell a flute, check out the Wooden Flute Exchange, a free service on this site for advertising flutes for sale or flutes wanted to buy. Note: many makers supply soft or hard cases with their flutes, but some don't. Back to top of page. François Baubet: Irish Flute maker. Carl Bell maker of wooden and acetal flutes. Wooden Flutes by P.G. Bleazey UK. The keys are each individually hand made by me from brass for superior strength and silver plated with pure silver which gives better tarnish resistance than sterling silver.

Wooden Flutes by P.G. Bleazey UK

The touch plates are kept, where possible, on the centre line of the key to avoid the twisting moment of the traditional offset ones, alignment of the key with the players fingers being made by cutting the blocks in the right place to start with. Each block is lined with a solid brass channel to promote freer movement, wear resistance and, most importantly, to make the block much stronger than the old unlined ones which are liable to distort and cause jamming or excessive movement of the keys. Should the unthinkable occur and a key be damaged by, for instance, dropping the instrument, the fabricated brass key can be easily straightened with no risk of breakage and the block with its brass liner can be rebuilt to its original condition. The springs are screwed in place making replacement straightforward.