- For best appearance, keep the "knot" area of each binding to the
back side of the flute and cut off the thread ends flush with the
wrappings using a razor knife after the binding is nice and tight.
- Avoid using waxed thread; it is much harder to tighten and tends
to loosen ; IMO it's also not as snappy looking and tends to pick up
detritus. It's also a good idea, after each binding is tight, to secure
it by a few well-placed drops of THIN super glue (cyanoacrylate); you
can't do this successfully with waxed thread. This will be invisible
and works very well; Monty uses this method; also has thread or knows a
source for it . Shoe repair shops are often a
good source, and often have a selection of neutral colors in addition
- The area most likely to crack on a traditional root-end shakuhachi
is the mouth-piece half. The root end usually is not in as much danger.
Non root-end flutes should be bound along their entire length, as
- This is not rocket science, but it does require a bit of acquired
skill; I suggest practicing a bit on a piece of dowel or pvc to get
some consistency before taking up your beloved shakuhachi....
Drawing and image text from
The Japanese Shakuhachi Flute: Notes on the Craft &
by Monty Levenson. (used with permission).