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Blog entry by Den posted 09-02-2009 02:29 AM 3379 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure how many out there would be interested in making a Native American Flute, and if I understood how to work this site, I would be happy to guide you in how to make one.



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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 02:40 AM

Another flute guy. I have one made by ‘erik the flutemaker’ it plays nicely. It’s a pentatonic scale native american (5 holer). and made of bamboo. I’ve seen some machined out of wood on the net.

I’ve made some PVC ones for kids recently. They actually worked.

I’m sure it would be an interesting read and view for many here.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 02:45 AM

sounds interesting
How about doing a blog about it.

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Den

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 04:32 AM

I ASSUME THAT I AM IN THE RIGHT STARTING PLACE TO START A BLOG ON AMERICAN FLUTES. I ALSO ASSUME THAT IT IS HERE THAT I CONTINUE TO EXPLAIN HOW TO MAKE THEM. SOMEONE OUT THERE LET ME KNOW, SO I WON’T BE WRITING AND PUTING PICTURES IN THE WRONG PLACE
THANK YOU

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 04:38 AM

search garyk in little window up top .
he will tell you how to add pictures

welcome !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-02-2009 01:14 PM

I make traditional flutes and game calls from elderberry and river cane.

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#6 posted 09-02-2009 02:00 PM

Yupper! Would love to see how they are made. I volunteer at the local Indian Museum…

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#7 posted 09-02-2009 06:24 PM

You may already know this, but there’s a “flutemakers” group on Yahoo Groups which includes a number of NAF makers.

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#8 posted 09-05-2009 07:16 AM

count me in !!!

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Den

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#9 posted 09-06-2009 03:13 AM

Well everyone here goes nothing. As I learn more about adding pictures or blueprints to this site I will add itl.
I’ve change my Name to Den instead of flutes.
The native flute is divided up in 3 tones, High, Mid-range, Low or Bass, and sometimes lower, I prefer to stick to the main 3. What determineds each one of these flutes wheather it is high or mid-range is the size of the bore ( the sound where the finger holes are)and the length. A 3/4 bore or 1/2 will give you a high sounding flute, Mid-range is usuallly 7/8 bore and low is 1” or 1”1/8 /1’”1/4 and I have seen some 2” bores. Each bore size will render a certain Key usually about 4 different keys per bore size. A 3/4 bore will give you a High A, D, C, G, a 7/8 bore will give you F, F#, G, G# and E and 1” bore a C, A, D, B the same with 1”1/8 or 1”1/4.
I will be talking about a 7/8 bore in the key of F#
Some flute makers prefer a 18 to 1 ratio, others 20 to 1 ,,I refer 24 to 1 ratio. I have made 18 to 1 and fine that the finger holes can become too large and the undercutting of the hole, which one does to bring the flute in tune can be quite strong.
I do not know yet how to put pictures or blueprints on this website, someone will have to walk me through itl. I will stop here to see if I have lost anyone. Also if you want to write me personally dhhepler@msn.com
for other questions feel free. Everyone has different comments and need more attention than others on the subject of building flutes.

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#10 posted 09-06-2009 08:04 AM

I am definitely interested in this so here’s the way to go.

First, and I’ll let you figure this one out at the site. You will need to upload pictures at a picture sharing site like Flickr. There, each picture when you look at it will have a web address. It’s that address that you put in your blog. The address of the picture can often be had by right clicking the picture. Some sites show the address to you. The picture actually isn’t on LJ’s. It’s just showing in LJ’s from that site. Martin (LJ’s owner and designer) planned it that way so his server wouldn’t be clogged with huge graphic files. The files are someplace else. He has provided a good tutorial on how to do this here

Next:
In the upper right corner of any LJ’s page you’ll see the tab ‘My Lumberjocks’. Choose ‘new blog entry’.

You’ll see a pull down menu bar called ‘series’ choose ‘new series under that menu bar. Name it something like “flute tutorial”. Now every time you enter the next how-to blog entry you’ll be able to choose ‘flute tutorial’ under the choices and the blog will automatically label it tutorial 1, tutorial 2, etc. You can go back and work on or edit any previous blog entry at any time.

Type the information in the text are provided.

To put a picture in anywhere in the typed area put the address of the picture in between exclamation marks. For example putting this picture address (it needs to end in .jpg)
http://www.bladesmith.com/nativeamericanflute.jpg between exclamation marks yields this

At the top of the blog entry window you’ll see a bold faced link called show formatting reference it also is a tutorial on placing pictures.

If you have any questions, click the home next to my somber face at the left of this post and you’ll see a link to send me an email beneath my icon. I’ll help all I can. And thanks for offering to post info like this. The stuff you typed already in this entry shows it’s going to be good.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 06-06-2011 02:27 AM

Yahoo groups has quite an amazing site for builders and players.
kieta who is a member on Lumberjocks also has quite a nice manual.
My last photo post is of 5 flutes I made in ki-e-ta style.
www.cherrycows.com

Peace,
Bruce

-- RusticBru of Utah, bpsheelydesigns.com

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