Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

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Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

Postby Stanleythecat » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:27 pm

Hi All

Has anyone made their own flute/musical instruments? Would love to take the whistle to the next level (!) and play more than one note! ideally a fipple flute but thinking the north american indian branch flutes might be a good place to start. Can't seem to find anything on a 'wooden' tin whistle style instrument. Surely there is a way!

Your advice and experience would be very welcome.

thanks

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Re: Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

Postby Bob_Fleet » Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:22 pm

Sorry but not done too well with drilling the holes etc for a flute.
Swanee whistle works very well though in a fipple whistle.
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Re: Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

Postby Nicola Wood » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:57 pm

We've got a very simple wooden wind instrument made by Hungarian spoon carver Peter Kohidi from a long, hollowed out branch about 12" long and 3/4" diameter (from memory). You vary the note by blowing harder or softer and controlling the outflow with your finger over the end. It sounds wonderful, I'd forgotten we had it and am not sure where it is. I'll have a root around and see if I can find it whilst it is still light enough to take a photograph. Robin will remember how it was made and what it is made from - I'll ask him when he gets back from London!
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Re: Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

Postby Nicola Wood » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:17 pm

So it's longer than I remember, maybe about 20" and some photos...
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I guess if you're musically-inclined you could make into into something more sophisticated!
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Re: Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

Postby Stanleythecat » Tue May 04, 2010 3:08 pm

Sorry, I thought this thread had gone cold!

Thanks for the pics Nicola. I have tried making a few now and have had two working, getting the mouth piece right is absolute key but with a variable material, like elder, nothing is ever constant! Of the two that worked, they both work for the top three notes but not the second three (in a nice way).

A nice puzzle to have but I feel I will hit a knowledge ceiling soon!

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Re: Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

Postby cagsley » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:47 am

Hi

We went and did a days course with Steve at Nightstar flutes. Both my wife and I came away with working flutes and are now in the process of making branchwood flutes using greenwood tools. It is definately not as easy as with the power tools etc but it is very satisfying.

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Re: Anyone made a wooden fipple flute or recorder?

Postby rokbottom » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:02 pm

Made a few Didgeridoos.

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