Differences I planned were:
- do it in one piece, which is a more period style
- focus rather more on the detail of the staple and reed end of the instrument, and less so on the bell end, since this is more critical to the final performance.
- make two at the same time, to see what consistency could be had.
Easy parts first
Doing the bells would be a simple start, while I thought out the detail of the other end.
Taking the bell profile from the original image from Trevor Robinson's book (see this earlier post), I made saw cuts through the block to about the right depths, and snapped and chiselled off the waste wood.
Once I had taken the internal shaping close to a final finish, I snapped off the internal nubbin (wot the fixed centre is poking into) and sawed the bells apart so the other one could be turned around and hollowed out.
Then there was a distraction, in the form of a commission which meant that nothing happened with the shawms for about four months (I will talk about this distraction in a later post because it is interesting in itself).