Let’s have a look at woodwind instruments. They received this name because they were traditionally made from wood and require wind to pass through the mouthpiece. As a more affordable option you can find these instruments today made from different materials such as metal, plastic and wait for it… even a carrot!
The family of woodwind instruments includes the piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and double bassoon. The smaller the size of the woodwind instrument the higher the notes and the bigger the instrument the deeper the notes produced.
How does it work?
The instrument makes its sound when you blow air into or across the mouth piece. Some instruments use a thin piece of wood called a reed in the mouthpiece to produce the sound.The clarinet is one of these instruments.
Let’s have a go at making a carrot clarinet from some household items and compare the sound you can make.
Parents supervision will be needed for this experiment as drilling the holes in and through the carrot can be very dangerous.
What you will need?
12-mm drill bit
7mm drill bit
12mm Tube (small hose joiner)
How to do it
1. Cut into the carrot from the smaller pointy end about 1 inch in, use a ruler to measure from the smaller end 187mm along the carrot and slice the other end at this measurement.
2. Pre mark the finger holes using a ruler and a marker make the smaller side of the carrot the top and mark down from here. Thumb hole 22mm from the top. Flip carrot over before you mark the next holes on the other side measure from the top down.
-1st finger hole 39mm
-2nd finger hole 54mm
-3rd finger hole 74mm
-4th finger hole 97mm
-5th finger hole 123mm
-6th finger hole 140mm
3. Insert the 12mm drill bit into your drill, and drill directly through the centre of your carrot. Keep drilling until it emerges out the other end.
4. Take 12mm drill bit out and insert the 7mm drill bit into your drill.
5. Carefully drill through the points where you made a mark for your 7 finger holes. Stop drilling when you reach the center hollow section. You now have 6 finger holes and one thumb hole.
6. Using your vegetable peeler take a few slices from the top of the holes on both sides the finger holes than over the top of the thumb hole.
7. Insert you clarinet mouthpiece into a small 12mm tube.
8. Push the other side of the 12mm tube into the smaller end of the carrot
9. Blow into the mouthpiece how does it sound?