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Acorn whistle

A friend's son has recently mastered the art of whistling with an acorn cap. When she told me this, I remembered how my daughters used to make acorn whistles with the nut part of the acorn. They gouged the nutmeat out, leaving the shell, with a neat, round, opening up top, and they decorated the outside with patterns in nail polish. They were beautiful, and they made a clear, shrill whistle.

I thought I'd make one for my friend's son--whom I met recently, in Colorado, where I went for the Sirens conference. More on that in another entry.

I decorated the outside with patterns carved with a box cutter. I liked the subtle look:

acorn whistle

decorated acorn

decorated acorn

acorn whistle


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yamamanama
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
It's like an ocarina for raccoons.
asakiyume
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
Now I want to draw a picture of that....
queenoftheskies
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
How awesome! I didn't know you could do that with acorns.
asakiyume
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
Neither did I, until my daughters did it. Kids can be really inventive.
amaebi
Oct. 13th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
Chun Woo says, "Oh, WOW! THANK you!" He is also very pleased by the decoration.

What a kind and splendid idea.
asakiyume
Oct. 13th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'll mail it off tomorrow! It'll be waiting for you when you get home.
amaebi
Oct. 14th, 2015 10:09 am (UTC)
My goodness, that's ridiculously kind of you.
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
Let's call it enthusiastic for people I like.
amaebi
Oct. 14th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
*beam*
oiktirmos
Oct. 14th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
They gouged the nutmeat out, leaving the shell, with a neat, round, opening up top, and they decorated the outside with patterns in nail polish.
Wow. Imaginative.
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2015 06:04 am (UTC)
At the time that the girls were making them, I didn't know that whistling with acorn caps was a thing--I only found out afterward. The acorn-nut whistles are much more labor intensive, but much fancier. I remember Little Springtime's 4H teacher suggesting the girls enter some in the B-town fair. We/they didn't get organized to do that, but maybe one year....
oiktirmos
Oct. 14th, 2015 10:15 am (UTC)
Please read my email on something to amaze. Please visit all the links before the last. You will see why.
sovay
Oct. 14th, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
I decorated the outside with patterns carved with a box cutter. I liked the subtle look

That's beautiful!
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2015 06:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! I wish some of the girls' original decorated ones were still around. (I think we do still have some whistles from that period, but they have a tendency to crack, and I don't think any of the fancy ones survive.)
sartorias
Oct. 14th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
How cool is that?
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2015 06:06 am (UTC)
They're fun to make, too.
stormdog
Oct. 14th, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)
I've never heard of such a thing. It's really nifty!
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2015 06:07 am (UTC)
The ninja girl and Little Springtime invented them! (Which is not to say that somewhere, someone else may not have invented them too--completely possible--but as far as those two were concerned, it was their brainchild.)
khiemtran
Oct. 14th, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
That's very cool!
syomsong
Oct. 14th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
I like the idea, that you want to draw it. Drawing is so calming. Makes me think, it has been long since I...
asakiyume
Oct. 15th, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
it has been long since I...

Maybe you can start again? Calligraphy on a leaf....?
xjenavivex
Oct. 25th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Neat
asakiyume
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
And fun to make :-)
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