It's been a long while since I posted a blog entry. Been busy making whistles for customers and working on some new whistles. I had a low A prototype whistle, but wasn't happy with the upper end of the second register. After showing in around locally for a while I scrapped that design and started over with a different size pipe. Much better, I have a prototype Bb at the moment that I really like.
I used some new (for me) tricks to try to simulate the effects of a tapered bore, and they seem to have worked pretty good. I'm not sure if I will be able to make a whistle set this way however, as the head is pretty involved in the tuning of the whistle. I may just be offering individual whistles. We'll see how it comes out in the end.
Well, I better get out to the shop before tropical storm Bonnie kicks up storms and makes me turn off the lathe for fear of a power outage while I'm making a cut. We're looking at sustained winds of 40 with higher gusts, thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes. At the moment it's raining lightly under a solid gray overcast.