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"DD" Fifes [or flutes]

Making "DD" fifes is very exacting work.  You are turning a long hollow piece of wood and ending up with a tube with walls 3mm thick. If it goes wrong you have a piece of rather nice looking firewood.

The "channels" in the wood are depth markers which set the exact depth I can remove wood to.

Sanding has been completed but no polishing has taken place.

There is a nail-hole that needs to be dealt with.  That means filling with glue and sanding dust.

The superglue has dried so I can re-sand.

There have been a number of fifes of the "DD" size that have been turned or are ready to turn.

One or two of them are still incomplete, requiring more sanding and polishing.

This foto shows what polishing does.

The Merbau takes a good polish and has an interesting grain.  The little dark line in the wood is the line left after I reglue when the hole has emerged too close to the edge.  

This foto shows how long the fife is in the lathe.

The most difficult work lies ahead.  The mouth hole has to be carve, the length cut to give correct pitch and then the finger holes added.

Cheers, Chris the Pipemaker [Fifemaker!]

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