HowLaughing Bear Flutes are Made
Rather than bog down your browser trying to load the videos and images in one window, each video has its own page. Each will open in a new window, with a close button for your convenience. Some of the videos are quite large. Depending on your connection speed, they could take quite a while to load. If you're on a dialup connection, it may not be feasible unless you have a GREAT deal of patience.
There are eight videos in the series so far. They were made in the early summer of 2010, very early in the process of learning. Some of the techniques have changed since then and LaughingBear will attempt to update them soon. In his enthusiasm to finish his first flute, he "forgot" the filming process. With these videos, though, you get an idea of what it takes for a computer geek to tackle a wood project with power tools he has never used. In every case, LaughingBear has taken precautions to keep himself safe. The main reason is that he is working alone and any serious injury which could result would be difficult at best to address. He also admits that the precautions were taken out of a strong sense of respect for the power tools and his own fear of "slipping up", no pun intended.
Here are the videos that have been produced as of April 5, 2011. Each video is on its own page and plays automatically once loaded. Please note, these videos are NOT small files. The file size is listed here with the link to give you an idea how long it will take to load on your connection. Downloading the videos on a dial-up connection is not recommended.
- How LaughingBear started with the most inexpensive wood stock available Video 1 (50.5MB)
- Measuring before ripping Video 2 (20.4MB)
- Ripping Part 2Video 3 (35.5MB)
- Measuring for Head End Video 4 (36.1MB)
- Inside Marks Video 5 (17.2MB)
- The Forstner Bit Video 6 (44.4MB)
- The True Sound Hole Video 7 (24.3MB)
- Slow Air Chamber Routing Video 8 (44.9MB)