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How to Carve an Ocarina out of wood

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In this instructable you will learn how to carve and ocarina out of wood!
From Wikipedia:
The ocarina. Variations do exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body. It is often ceramic, but other materials may also be used, such as plastic, wood, glass, clay, and metal.

Ok Audio sample uploaded at Utube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJwVPP3ErdY
 
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Step 1: Tools an materials

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Materials required: 4" X 1 3/4" X 1 1/4" block of wood ( I used bass wood)
4" X 1 3/4" X 1/8" sheet of wood ( I used bass wood)
glue
 
Tools required : pen, pencil, steel ruler, 1/4" chisel, small carving chisel, small skewed chisel
various small files, 150 sand paper, 220 sand paper, drill bits or a unibit

Optional tools and materials : carving knifes, gouges, and wood burner, Kiwik-wood for repairs

Step 2: Making marks on the block

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Start by marking the long sides of the wood block with your pencil or pen for 1/8" in.
You can use the sheet that will become the top of the ocarina to do this.

Next use your steel ruler to mark one end 5/8" in this is where the airway will go.

On the other end make the end 5/32" in.

Next on the 5/8" side mark a 1/2" wide channel, this will be your airway.
I have marked it with red stripes for clarity.
hanelyp1 year ago
A wood carving tip for step 3: A drill, or better a drill press, can be used to quickly remove most of the material, leaving the chisel for cleanup. A piece of tape around the bit can be used to gauge depth if you don't have a drill press. By the way, how deep was your chamber before you started tuning?

Also, can we get the audio sample in a compressed format, like .mp3?
Finish*. Finnish means from Finland, not complete. Sorry if I'm acting like a grammar Nazi, but the little things make a large difference to the meaning of a sentence.
YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH FINLAND
Correction:
Once you *finish* cutting out the rectangle draw a second rectangle behind it about 1/2" long indicated by the blue.
crossfire3 years ago
Would it still work if i place the part you blow in on the side like a sweet potatoe?
Omegablood (author)  crossfire3 years ago
umm I don't know, but I don't see why not. Bass wood is inexepensive so you can experiment.
Where could i buy bass wood? can i just go to a home depot or a craft store?
Omegablood (author)  crossfire3 years ago
I don't know where you are but I get mine from a woodworking store called
Rockler http://www.rockler.com/retail/retail.cfm
There might be store or one similar to you, you could also look on line.
Omegablood (author)  crossfire3 years ago
actualy you could carve one out that actualy looks like a sweet potato and it would work. If you have one all you would have to do is copy it.
Omegablood (author) 3 years ago
U tube link added
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJwVPP3ErdY
Kiteman3 years ago
Can we hear it?
Yes I really want to hear it compaired to a clay ones like the songbird occarinas.
Omegablood (author) 3 years ago
Thank you for all the positve comments!
I am working on an easier to make version that just uses 1/8" sheet wood.
It should be up by tonight or tomorrow.
I will be waiting :)
10$man3 years ago
Bravo, Bravo. Very nice tut. I didn't read much except the tuning section but the pics by themselves explained it. I made one for all my friends :) again nice.
zazenergy3 years ago
Very nice!
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