Making a Simple Bamboo Flutes (Bansuri)


1- First take the bamboo and clean it. Now put the bamboo in the jaws of a wood vice.


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2- With the bamboo firmly clamped in the jaws of the vice then drill out the nodes with a variable speed electric drill. Then move the bit through the length of the bamboo. It the bamboo is very long then some times it is needed to drill the piece form both ends. Figure No 37


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3- For making mouth piece for this instrument, it is important to smooth out the nodes as much as possible from the inside. It can be easily done with the round file.

                  4- To make the mouth piece, start with a piece of wooden dowel of appropriate diameter to fit snugly into the mouth piece end of the bamboo.


5- It is much easier to make the cut a way in the dowel before you cut it to length. So cut the dowel at first to a length of about 100 mm.  Put it in vice and make the recess of about 1 mm deep. It can be done with a flat file or some thing like that. After making the recess, cut the final length 20 mm.



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6- Then cut a groove in the top of the bamboo on the same face as the finger holes. It can be done with the combination of a razor knife and sharp chisel. The exact dimensions of this cut away are not critical. The 20 mm distance is important though since it needs to be the same as the length of the dowel piece which will insert in the mouth piece end.


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7- After cutting recess then make a flat groove on the inside of the bamboo at the mouth piece end from the end of the flute to the start of the cut a way. When this has been done the 20 mm bit of dowel is inserted gently into the mouth piece end so that it just aligns with the beginning of the cut a way. At this stage blows into the end and get a sound.



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8- Once the recorder plays the correct pitch then need to make the positions of the finger holes.

9- After the positions of the holes have been marked they need to be drilled. The best way of doing that is with drill press. So drill the holes in the recorder with the correct diameter drill bits.



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                 10- The inside of finger holes needs to be cleaned up. Use the round file or a bit of rolled up sand paper.


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After the holes have been drilled and sanded, the flute is ready to play.



Data compiled by Uzma Noor.



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