Side bending! or maybe breaking.

Here’s the bending setup. There’s one side and a strip for binding in there. Is it still in one piece? I don’t know.

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I’ve got to get a more convenient clamping arrangement. I’d have some of the staff hold it down with their hands — they can’t feel anything, what with being technically dead and all — but the smell of sizzling rotten flesh just isn’t worth it.

Edited to add – Turned out okay. A couple of scorch marks, but that’s to be expected. Here’s the side clamped into a mold. (The mold just holds it in position.) The binding strip broke in two places, where the blue tape is, but since I may not even put binding on this one, not a big deal.

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Knock Your Block Out

No photo for this one. My maple Moeck Rottenburgh Alto recorder (which I bought in, let’s see, around 1987?) was clogging and getting stuffy-sounding, so it was time for a cleaning. It’s old and stable enough that a full revoicing wouldn’t do much, I think, and really ought to be replaced.

I popped out the cedar block (with a drumstick) and gently scrubbed with a damp toothbrush, like I was told to do. Noticed a greyish tint on the upper surface of the windway, and what felt like longitudinal ridges which I figure was caused by the grain of the wood absorbing moisture at different rates.

So I sanded it.

It’s not a drastic as it sounds. I used 320, 400, and 600 grit on a NWSL sanding stick. Didn’t completely remove the ridges, but smoothed them out a bit. It seems to play fine. I don’t recommend trying this at home, unless you’re prepared to accept the consequences. (I made a soprano recorder once, and while it isn’t great, I’m not totally ashamed of it. Hey, where’s the link to it? Darn Rhesus monkeys, getting into everything…)