Tools of the Trade

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I interrupt the chronological flow of my flute-building project in order to show you some tools of the trade. I was going to just pull flashy, high-resolution images off the web until my husband pointed out that I’d be violating copyrights, so here are photos taken by my very low-resolution camera of the actual tools I’m using to create this flute.¬† And other interesting things you might find in the wood shop.

the wood supply at the workshop in Delft


a lathe, used for tuning wood
a row of gouges and skews, used to shape the wood while it is turning on the lathe
gouges and skews, detail
a row of files used for smoothing out surfaces; can be used by hand or on the lathe
files, close up
sandpaper and drill bits, improvised tools used for undercutting the holes on the flute

calipers, a sliding ruler to measure all sorts diameters and distances