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Mar 4, 2020 - 7:00:17 PM
319 posts since 2/10/2016

Not banjo but Old Time. Does anyone have plans to make a simple Quill. I just stumbled in to this and now I want to make one and try to make music on it.
I thank you for any help.
God Bless
Bobby

Mar 5, 2020 - 12:04 PM

432 posts since 5/29/2006

The cane flute kind of quill, like this?

youtube.com/watch?v=7XTM3XHxWx4

Mar 6, 2020 - 4:46:03 AM

319 posts since 2/10/2016

I did not know of this style. I saw the one that looks like a small pan pipe.
Thanks for your reply.
God Bless
Bobby

Mar 6, 2020 - 7:11:28 AM

665 posts since 6/9/2009

The term is generally "quills" for the collection of pipes like Henry Thomas played, rather than singular "quill." I know a guy up here in the northeast that does a great job on the Henry Thomas material, but I don't think I've ever asked him about where his set came from.

The ones Dom Flemons plays kind of look like a commercially produced set of pan pipes.

Mar 6, 2020 - 4:12:47 PM

432 posts since 5/29/2006

In-depth technical anayses of the "quills" as played by Henry Thomas:

pan-flute.com/history/quills/Quills.htm

Mar 6, 2020 - 6:16:39 PM

319 posts since 2/10/2016

Howbah
Thanks. Just what I needed. I feel like I can get by with this.
God Bless
Bobby

Mar 6, 2020 - 9:31:49 PM

432 posts since 5/29/2006

Go for it, Henry Thomas rocks!

Mar 6, 2020 - 10:14:01 PM

56453 posts since 12/14/2005

Had to look it up on Youtube.  Love it!

Sounds like a portable steamboat.

 

Mar 7, 2020 - 5:28:23 AM

319 posts since 2/10/2016

Thanks Mike. I have along way to go to play like this, One has to have an eye on the target.
God Bless
Bobby

Mar 7, 2020 - 5:49:28 AM

56453 posts since 12/14/2005

I imagine one could make a set of quills from plastic tubing, maybe fat plastic straws, or the plastic tubing used for water supply lines.
A long piece of brake line could supply very sturdy tubes.

Mar 7, 2020 - 10:29:21 PM

56453 posts since 12/14/2005

Well, the smoothie straws worked.

Also picked up a pair of 1/4 inch plastic water supply tubes.  I imagine they'll be harder to cut.

 

I just sealed the end of some straws, set the keyboard on "Flute" and matched C D E F G A B as close as I could, by snipping a wee bit off, tooting ot, and trying again, and snip, and toot, and so on.

Glued them up with cold glue, between two strips of thin wood..

Hot glue might distort them.


Mar 7, 2020 - 10:42:41 PM

56453 posts since 12/14/2005

I imagine that if I start with a pair of SINK SUPPLY tubes...

...and slide a 1/4 inch dowel up one until it's about where I need the note to be, and cut it a bit longer, and seal up the end, I can disc sand it, a bit at a time, until I get the right note.

Cut the next one about the same length, seal the end, and disc sand it to the next note, a little at a time, and so on.

If you want me to make one FOR you, tell me how much per hour your time is worth, and that's what I'll charge you for MY labor and skill. (Must be at least the starting  wage for a burger place.)

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