I just uploaded a new video on my YouTube site on how I make a trombone whistle. I've been teaching the kids in woodshop class how to make a regular whistle for many years and when we've been on those three or four hundred mile canoe trips it's been the slip bark whistle. Either way a whistle is one of the most popular projects that kids want to learn how to make so I decided to take the whistle to the next level.
One day I finally found the time to explore my idea for a trombone like whistle where I could slide a rod, like those on a real trombone horn, thus being able to control the tones in the sound. I couldn't find any information on how to do it in books or on the internet so I was solely on my own. It took a bit of trial and error but I finally came up with something that works quite well.
This is a neat little woodshop project that only requires a drill press and a few simple hand tools and can be assembled in one afternoon but your wood limbs will need to be well seasoned and bone dry before assembling. I always have a good stash of seasoned red maple limbs and twigs on hand that I gather then bundle up with wire and hang them from the ceiling of my shop for several months until dry. I suppose that other types of wood will work but so far I've only used red maple.
Have some fun with it and as always, never ever compromise safety rules when using your power tools or carving knives!
Living in the mountains of North Carolina I have spent almost 30 very
rewarding years working with at-risk kids in a wilderness camping program as a counselor, outdoor educator, and woodshop teacher. To learn more about what my blog is all about, just scroll down this sidebar to "About my blog..."
1. Woodcarving/Woodwork: Working wood has been a lifetime obsession for me and I enjoy sharing what I know. It is my belief that hands-on and experiential learning has a direct and profound effect on the development of a child's intellect, confidence, and character. Projects of mine (and my students) will be posted as they progress and I will occasionally include a video tutorial. All of my videos can be found here .
2. Bushcraft/Primitive Living Skills: Finding ways to live closer to the land has always fascinated me. Whether it's building a shelter, fire starting, animal tracking, or just making rustic furniture... you'll eventually see some of it here.
3. Long Distance backpacking, canoeing, & bicycling: Some of my long distance adventures include thru-hiking the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail, Mexico to Canada and I solo paddled the 1,800 mile Yukon river across northwest Canada and Alaska to the Bering sea. More detailed accounts of these and many other adventures can be found here
4. Sustainable Living: I'm always looking for better ways to do more by using less. It's not so much an "environmental" thing to me as it is a quest for personal independence from material things and finding a path to more substantive living .
5. Scouting Activity: As a scoutmaster of 6 years (and currently assistant scoutmaster) I'm actively involved with the troop and "Order of the Arrow" where it is a joy to volunteer hundreds of hours each year because investing in the next generation insures a better tomorrow for everyone. In an era when most schools don't value hands-on learning, outdoor education, and the arts... scouting soars in meeting these critical experiences for boys.
6. Profiles: Behind everyone's success you can usually find a trail of some very significant mentors and teachers along the way. And sometimes you don't completely understand how someone affected your life for the better until many years later. You'll find some of those stories here.