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Making Whistles


Electric Drill (8mm or 12mm), Vice or workbench, Saw, Carving Knifes, Branches (15-20mm diameter), doweling (to match drill size), Sandpaper, cord (optional)


Risk Assessment is essential for younger Explorers, i.e. "safe zone"
All participants must be instructed on the use of all the equipment with supervision at all times by an adult.

Resources on line could help, but I have tried to describe the best I can.

1. Cut branch to required length (suggest about 100-150mm long), ensure clean cut.
2. Place branch in vice/workbench and drill a hole in the end (approx. 40mm deep).
3. Remove branch from vice/workbench and rotated 90 deg. and place back in the vice/workbench with 40mm stick out one end (hole end).
4. Using the saw, approx 20mm from end saw a vertical notch (10mm deep approx) to intersect with hole already drilled.
5. Branch can remain in vice or can be taken out which ever is easiest.
6. Using the carving knife create an angle notch (30 deg-45 deg in line with branch length) into the saw cut just made. This should create the normal Whistle throat shape. Continue until a semicircle shape forms where the angle notch intersects with the hole.
7. Clean up using the sandpaper.
8. Using a length of doweling (approx 70mm) create a flat (2mm approx.) with the Crafting knife.
9. Insert the dowel into the hole of the branch (you may have to increase the hole using the drill or sandpaper) until the end of the dowel meets with the sawed notch. Make a mark so you know where to trim the dowel for the correct length (must be flush with end of hole.
10. Remove dowel and trim to correct length.
11. Reinsert dowel with the flat in line with the carved angled notch.
12. With a bit of luck and fiddling the whistle should work.


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