« I've been busy since I last posted you about my first, home-made noseflute. I have begun making models for each of my four, grownup children in turn. I found a local joinery business who were able to let me have some nice, hardwood offcuts for a couple of pounds (GBP) - in Sapele (a nice, red wood) and Beech.»
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« I used Sapele for the main body, and a thinner piece of Beech for the front fipple plate. It ended up a little longer and slimmer than my prototype, as you can see from my comparison photos attached. »
Here are his prototype called No.1 with the beautiful nose flute No.2, and some No.2 details:
« For this one, I used a lovely piece of Sapele with a tapering section, left-over from a window-sill, for the body, and the same Beech for the front fipple-plate. The varnish I use, by the way, is a linseed-oil based gunstock varnish called Tru-Oil, as I believe it to be not-toxic. »
Then smoothing, sanding, painting a birdie, varnishing, and finally the beautiful result:
The Parkes No.4 is really impressive and funny at the same time. It is a sculpture that whistles, more than a nose flute.
« This one is, obviously, more complicated because of the wood-carving of the face. I used two pieces cut from the same length of Sapele for the body and the front fipple-plate, with crossed grain again. The front was thicker because of the carving I knew I would have to do for the face. The eyes are not glued in place - they are a tight fit into their sockets. If, by some chance, they ever got scratched or damaged, it would be possible to easily replace them by pushing them out from the back, using the small, ejector-holes, with a steel knitting-needle or something similar. »
The No.4 was started like the No.3, then:
One last word, by Steven:
« I will be starting to make number 5 soon»
We are really curious of it!!