Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by field-expedient, Jun 19, 2019.
a few ways of making whistles
Ive got one my late Uncle made me when I was 7 years old. He made it out of hickory, I watched him bruise the bark so it would slip with the back of his pocket knife. I'm 52 now and wouldn't take $1000 for it. That brings back some memories, thanks field-expedient.
that'z SO COOL
When I was a kid, some old codger used to hand out those slip bark type whistles to us at one of the bus stops. It took what felt like years before I was able to get my mitts on one. I was bummed out when it stopped working after it dried out in a few days lol.
Yep don't take them long to quit working, the top version really isn't any harder to make but will last.
Might try making my kid a version like that.
I was just wondering the other day how to make a whistle out of wood.
Do you have to "play" with them to make sound, the top hole, the insert, or is it if they look like your pics they'll whistle?
Yeah you have to mess with them a little to get everything just right but its pretty easy.
I'm going to give this a try.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Very cool! I like to make the willow ones, like those in your third post. They can be fussy to get working, but you can usually slide the bark tube around just a bit until you find 'the spot'.
They only last a little while due to shrinkage, but are generally good for a couple days worth of obnoxious whistling...
Elder works good if you let it dry a couple of days.
Cool thread! My dad made me slip bark whistles when I was a really little kid.
What type of wood did you use in this photo?
Great post to re-kindle some memories....now I have to go find an acorn top, that is what my Grandfather would have us drum up for whistles...being outside, free entertainment.....its a wonder we all survived.
Thanks. the lighter colored is poplar, the darker is Russian olive
Got a length of elder drying, going to put a couple of whistles together in the next day or so.