Antler whistle

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  1. VanGo

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    Inspired to try a antler whistle last night... it’s loud!! Complete respect for the men and women that came before us that made their own necessities in life without the aid of power tools...

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    That’s cool! How did you build it?
     
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    Used a step bit method from 1/8” to 5/16” bit to drill up to and inset a tapered dowel rod into the piece of antler as a “reed”. Then used a hacksaw to create the valve and a 3/16” bit for the lanyard hole. Epoxied the reed in place once completed. Filed and sanded to final dimensions.
     
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    That looks great....bet it sounds great too. Gotta try to make one soon. Thanks for the inspiration.
     
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    Nice, very creative and a good way to use up what might otherwise be wasted.
     
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    Thank you- part of the motivation, plus Christmas is around the corner and with this handcrafted gift I would like to keep the love of the “woods” close to my kids heart.
     
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    Nicely done. I tried twice to make one of those a couple of years ago. No joy. Mine just went pppffffffffft. Kinda like a sleeping dog.

    JohnP
     
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    Awesome idea. I work near a taxidermy shop, I might just see if they have any spare antlers laying around and try this myself.
     
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    Hey John- I experienced this and had my reed taper incorrect, flipped it around so the taper was less inserted into the antler and surprised myself,family and the dog lol
     
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    I'll have to dig mine out and tinker with the reed. I think they may be in my box of failed projects (aka my sock drawer).

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    Very Nice! I gotta try one of those.
     
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    Wow, thats slick! I've got a bunch of antler tines that would be perfect for these.
     
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    That is really cool. I love stuff made out of antler.
     
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    Very cool piece!! Good use for those tines. I’ve made plenty of wooden whistles, I may need to try making a few of these.
     
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    Neato!
     
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    Nice work, I like it.
     
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    Cool project. And a useful tool too!
    I desperately need one. Metal whistles are no good idea with our wintertemperatures, plastic's just crap...
    But how do you get past the smell of drilling bone??? It just makes me stomach do funny things.
     
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    Very nicely done. Never occurred to me before but that is pretty cool.
     
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    I hold my breath! Seriously. I don't want to breathe bone dust.
     
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    I use either a folded over bandanna dampened with water tied over my face, bandito style, or an actual face mask, when I have them.

    Febreeze and lots of ventilation helps deal with the stink after the drilling or grinding is done.
     
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    I've been down this path too. I found it fiddly to set the block so as to direct air correctly at the ripple, and get a nice pure note. So I borrowed a trick from some ancient south american folk who pressed a ball of pitch into place in a bird bone. I used resin putty, shaping it into a ramp and smoothing it with a wetted (no h) flat-blade screwdriver. So the first step was just to bore a hole. Then saw a notch that exposes the top edge of the bore. Then insert and shape the putty, trying it repeatedly until you are happy with the tone. Then leave it to harden. Simple and very effective.

    Another thing I learned the hard way was to record the whistle on my phone and store the recording in several places. It's much easier to make a new whistle of the same pitch than to re-program the dog!

    The smell of bone and of resin soon goes after washing and drying and blowing.
     
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