PHOTOGRAPH AND NOTES ON HAND FORGING FLUTE KEYS




The above photographs show the Flute Maker hand forging a piece of flute keywork. - a G# key.
He works entirely by eye and produces the key amost entirely by the above crude looking method. The hammer action is extremely skillfully applied so that the stresses in the metal are properly distributed and the finished key has high strength and no weaknesses or splits in the corners.

Photographed in the workshop of UK Flutemaker Ewen McDougall of Ravensworth.
 

The above photograph and notes are as accurate as my knowledge of the subject permits

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