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» Sunflower Stalk In F#

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I just finished this one. This is from a stalk that had been drying since last fall. The weather here has been unusually wet, so I haven't been able to spend much time on the patio where I prefer to work. I'll post a sound clip when I get a chance.

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A little song I captured on my looper as I was playing:
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Nice! I can't wait to hear it!! That is really cool looking.


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That is a beautiful flute.


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Really fine.



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footmandog, what is the diameter and inner diameter of your stalk? I may have a source to get a couple stalks this year, and I'd like to know what size to look for. Thanks!

Also, I assume you had to split the stalk and hollow it, right? Did you do that before you left it to dry or after? Thanks.

Lizabeth


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FMD,

I like your new, 200 year old looking flute.

I also sit on a chair on my patio, to build plastic and Agave flutes. I form a pointed mouthpiece on the stalk with a grind disc attached to my electric drill/vise attached to the picnic table. After splitting, the pith is left at the mouthpiece.

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QUOTE(rocksncactus @ Jun 12 2015, 07:37 AM) *
footmandog, what is the diameter and inner diameter of your stalk? I may have a source to get a couple stalks this year, and I'd like to know what size to look for. Thanks!

Also, I assume you had to split the stalk and hollow it, right? Did you do that before you left it to dry or after? Thanks.

Lizabeth


This one was ~.75". I've made some from smaller diameters, a high C and a high D. I did split it but after it dried. I think if you were to split it before, the two halves would warp away from each other's shape too much.


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QUOTE(Footmandog @ Jun 12 2015, 11:05 AM) *
This one was ~.75". I've made some from smaller diameters, a high C and a high D. I did split it but after it dried. I think if you were to split it before, the two halves would warp away from each other's shape too much.


That makes sense. Thanks.

Lizabeth


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Beautiful flute!!


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QUOTE(rocksncactus @ Jun 12 2015, 10:37 AM) *
footmandog, what is the diameter and inner diameter of your stalk? I may have a source to get a couple stalks this year, and I'd like to know what size to look for. Thanks!

Also, I assume you had to split the stalk and hollow it, right? Did you do that before you left it to dry or after? Thanks.

Lizabeth


Lizabeth if you have a bit and brace you can hollow a sunflower stalk quite easily without splitting it. The center of the stalk is quite pithy and soft. A bit will follow the center with out straying much at all. I have made many flutes from sunflower stalk - bore from each end leaving some of the pith for the wall between each chamber. I like to thin wood glue with a little water then pour it into the first (shortest) chamber. Once it reaches and accumulates at the wall, before any sound/playing holes are made, blow into the mouthpiece end of the stalk so that you force the glue into all the pores of the pith. Let it dry and it becomes a very solid wall. Of course you can also bore out the pith completely and insert and glue a piece of wood to make a wall. This method is a little more tricky as you need to make a good fit.

I use stalks that dry while they are still standing. Typically by January or February they have dried nicely...


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Since we were discussing sunflower flutes in burning holes, I was inspired to pick up my F# sunflower flute and noodle around on it. I added the sound file above to my original post. After recording it, I realized it was a variation of a rhythm of a song I already posted on another flute. No matter, there's nothing wrong with variations on a theme. I don't know if you can hear it, but this flute as a reedy sound. All of them I have made have a reedier sound than the smooth bore wood flutes I have.


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QUOTE(Footmandog @ Jan 5 2016, 10:50 PM) *
Since we were discussing sunflower flutes in burning holes, I was inspired to pick up my F# sunflower flute and noodle around on it. I added the sound file above to my original post. After recording it, I realized it was a variation of a rhythm of a song I already posted on another flute. No matter, there's nothing wrong with variations on a theme. I don't know if you can hear it, but this flute as a reedy sound. All of them I have made have a reedier sound than the smooth bore wood flutes I have.

I just listened to this again after having my focus directed back to sunflower stalk flutes... It's lovely! biggrin.gif I have my seeds at the ready and just have to wait for frost potential to pass... biggrin.gif


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