PHOTOGRAPH AND NOTES ON SEAMED FLUTE TUBE MANUFACTURE




 




The above series of photograph show the initial steps in the production of a seamed flute body tube starting from a sheet of silver. The flute maker is progressively rolling the sheet round a bar of steel until the edges nearly meet. The final photograph shows the tube far from finished. A lot more skilled work is required to make the two edges meet exactly touching along their full length. When he is satisfied that all is well he will commence the hard silver soldering along the full length of the joint - a difficult task requiring considerable skill.

The above tube was seen two weeks later, soldered, and the join was invisible.

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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