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John Mahoney: Flute Pilgrim, Shakuhachi Wanderer
John Mahoney
John Mahoney
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is editor of the Log Cabin Chronicles.

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Posted 06.26.2016
Cobden, Ontario

JOHN MAHONEY

One way to make a (shakuhachi) flute quivver

quivver

I settled on this low-cost method of carrying a flute(s) on my daily meditation/play/walk up the Muskrat Lake shoreline path to the local park overlook, and other treks. This includes our annual week's vacation in July at Newport, Vermont, overlooking beautiful Lake Memphremagog, where each day at sunrise I play shakuhachi and NAFs from the high front steps of St. Mary's church looking down the lake for miles into Quebec.

This is how it looks:

quivver

Here's my material list:

One narrow leg from a pair of well-used black jeans
A sturdy 3.5 inch cardboard mailing tube (25 inches long) w/slide-on cover

quivver

3.5 inch circle of 1/4 inch plywood
3.5 inch circle of 1-inch closed-cell packing foam
Cloth shoulder strap
one Yin Yang iron-on patch from Amazon

Full Disclosure: Jane did all of the sewing machine labor.

quivver

Glue the foam circle onto the plywood circle. When dry, glue the plywood, foam side up, onto the insidebottom of tube.

Make the cloth quivver at least 4 to 5 inches wide to allow easy insertion/removal of cardboard tube.

When ironing, I inserted a scrap of wood into the quivver to make it easier to apply the iron-on patch. If it lifts, just reapply with a hot iron.

quivver

2nd Episode: The Shakuhachi journey continues...

Series to be continued (hopefully)

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