When you are doing a new project, you need to do four or five models of the same instrument in order to get one right.
This is the first model of a "DD" Fife that I am making for an order. There is quite a lot of work in this little procject.
I have only one auger drill that can reach 550mm into a piece of wood. It is 12mm in diameter. I have to bore the hole out with a 16mm auger to have the hole in the middle at least 16mm in size. I have to do this from both ends so that the rebore meets in the middle.
It is a matter of acoustics, the longer the pipe, the bigger the bore. Is the hole perfectly straight? It seems so.
Then it goes on the lathe. It looks like this.
A whacking great piece of wood on your lathe.
Soon it looks like this.
It looks just a tad more manageable.
A few nail-holes are starting to show up. They may not always go right to the centre.
It will need more turning, but the fife is starting to appear out of the wood.
The nail holes are still there.
We are getting nearer to the right thickness. The next step is to cut the exact thickness into the fife so that the whole length is and the exact size required.
These little rings are all exactly 27mm. From 16mm to 27mm.... the walls should be 5mm thick. That is a little on the heavy side, but it is a long fife.
The ridges have now all been cut away. There is a nail hole that needs fixing. Sawdust and glue does the trick. The "sawdust" is taken from the 60 grit first sanding.
A close-up shows the hole is quite a big one.
Superglue dries within minutes so time for a cup-of-tea.
I had a second go at the hole with some more glue and wood-dust.
Not an invisible mend but the wood is smooth and filled in.
Now the wood glistens and gleams from the polishing. It comes off the lathe.
It is now ready for the next step. Stopping the end and adding the hole to blow across or mouth-hole.
The fife would be complete, but there is something wrong. A cose-up will show what.
Although the picture is not in focus, it shows that the hole-drilling has split the wood. Here the wall is too thin. The internal hole was not completely straight. .... so the fife had a middle section where one wall was too thin. This fife has to go on the wood pile for the fire.
That is the truth for the Pipemaker!!!!!!!!!!! Not everything goes to plan. Next I will turn a fife out of Rimu to rplace the one of Matai that was lost.
Cheers, Chris the Pipemaker.