Making whistles

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  1. field-expedient

    field-expedient Misfit Supporter Bushclass II

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    a few ways of making whistles
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    Thanks
     
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    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.
     
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    that'z SO COOL

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    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.
     
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    Yep don't take them long to quit working, the top version really isn't any harder to make but will last.
     
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    Might try making my kid a version like that.
     
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    Pretty cool.
    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?
     
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    Yeah you have to mess with them a little to get everything just right but its pretty easy.
     
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    I'm going to give this a try.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
     
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    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...:dblthumb:
     
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    Elder works good if you let it dry a couple of days.
     
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    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?
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    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.
     
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    Thanks. the lighter colored is poplar, the darker is Russian olive
     
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    Got a length of elder drying, going to put a couple of whistles together in the next day or so.
     
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