The Willow Bark Slip Whistle is a nice easy little project requiring only a small knife and a piece of freshly cut willow. The piece of willow should be about thumb width in diameter and about a hand span (150mm) in length (this will be plenty for the whistle and also give you a good length ‘working handle’ to carve with safely). For this example I’m using a piece of Grey Sallow as it is locally abundant in the area, but any willow will work just as well. It works best in the spring or early summer when the sap is rising in the trees. Safety first, note the comfortable sitting position with elbows resting on the knees, and a wooden chopping block for cutting onto. Elbows on knees helps to prevent a very serious injury such as cutting through your femoral artery, and having a wooden block to cut on will protect the edge of you knife.
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