A photographic collection showing the earliest Clackamore prototypes. Dates of these instruments range from 1994 to 2017.
The first three
#1 is two sticks which when tapped together just right and held to the mouth, create a nice sound.
#2 is an attempt at a better sounding shape, the beginning of the spoon.
#3 explores the concept of "making the sticks hit just right every time". The evolution from #1 to #3 took only a few days. The refinement of this idea has taken years.
development of connections
Early prototypes had the reed set into a groove and held with rubber bands (leftmost). The second from left has a sliding dovetail. Next a block was added with a hole for the reed to be inserted. Finally the shape of the instrument was altered so that a hole could be drilled directly into the instrument body. The other advantage of the new shape was in that it mirrored itself, allowing for two Clackamore blanks to be cut from one block of wood.
The original prototype series included 50 "experiments", many showing no improvement over what was the 10th prototype. That spoon shape would be the basis for the first batch of production Clackamores.
Clackamore jr. In an effort to simplify the fabrication of the instrument this model included some major changes. The spoon is made by gluing a cap over a hole and the reed is no longer a dowel. Some of this design can be seen in the new adjustable Clackamore.