Its been about three weeks since the last post, however I have been busy. I have been undertaking a project with a branch pruned recently from my Forsythia.
I wasn't even aware that you could do anything with Forsythia cuttings...
Mature branches are hollow tubes with a good thickness to the walls; not dissimilar to bamboo
both ends are plugged. In these ones with plum. One end completely the other partially
A notch is cut into the wooden tube
The wood is great for pyrography
Each one is unique.........
......in size, shape, design and pitch
Sealed with vegetable oil and allowed to dry fully
And a whistle takes shape (or 5 or 6)
This shots indicates their size
one that's even smaller.......
They all whistle with a distinct individual tone
The smallest one creates the biggest ear splitting high pitched sound
Names, dates, places can be burnt onto the whistle
The biggest tip is to ensure that the inside of the whistle is, well...... 'clean as a whistle'
This requires the forsythia to be relatively dry, I accelerated the drying by sitting the pieces on the radiator.
Winter is a good time for this type of project as the plant is dormant and as such less moisture is in the branch; additionally the heating is on too ;-)
I hope you enjoyed this post