In this Instructable I will show you how to make the classic willow whistle. Make one for your kids. They'll be amazed to learn that cool toys can be made by hand out of a stick.
I made a short video of the whole process. It's only a minute and half long, and makes this Instructable much easier to understand. Highly recommended.
I think most people have heard of willow whistle, but how many people have ever actually seen one? I think the art may have all but died out a generation or 2 ago. Leave a note and let me know if you have had any previous experience with willow whistles.
Step 1: Get a Willow Stick
Get a willow branch with green bark. I am sure that plenty of other tree species will work. The important thing is that you need to be able to slip the bark off the wood without damaging the bark. Try to find a stick at least 1/3 of an inch thick.
Willows love water and are commonly found along streams and ponds. You might think of a willow tree, but bush shaped willows are probably even more common.