Keeping in touch February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

We have three submissions for today’s post.
– Paul Schroeder has been working on his wood stash.
– Mike Hosaluk was invited to be a presenter at the AAW and submitted a piece with the theme of Elements.
– Trent Watts has been learning how to make North American Style flutes.


I’ve had a few pieces of Australian Red and Brown Mallee for awhile. I came across some of them in my wood storage before this latest polar vortex. It looked very striking just sitting on the lathe, in the direct light of my lathe lamp. So that’s the picture I’m sending. One of the North American suppliers of Australian wood is Bad Dog Burls. I had to “unsubscribe” from their notifications, to reduce the “temptations”.
Paul 


All the presenters at the AAW are invited to make a piece with the theme of ‘Elements’. Mike turned a vase and loaned it to the fire gods for awhile and then retrieved it. This certainly exemplifies the element of fire. Mike said it took roughly 30 layers of spray lacquer to stop the black from rubbing off.


I have been spending way too many hours watching YouTube videos on the hows and whys of making flutes in the North American Style. It has been a huge learning curve and I still have a long way to go. I can now at least get a sound out of them and now need to perfect the tuning. I an not a musician so the musical aspects continue to elude me. The flutes in the picture below are made from (left-right) Cherry, Willow and Fir. The Willow one is made from a branch that was split and hollowed by hand and then glued back together after the sound mechanism was created. The leather thongs come from my child hood when the leather was used for stitching together belts for the thrashing machines. It is likely 90-100 years old.
Trent

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