|Project by Xyloid_Curt||posted 05-08-2014 04:53 PM||617 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I am a big fan of Native American flute music and toward the end of the school year back in 2002 I decided that making some wooden flutes would be my summer project. I had no idea how but began to research and found very little specific information. My first two flutes made no sound at all. Through trial and error I was able to begin making some nice working flutes and produced about 6 that summer. I used whatever wood was in my shop which included oak, cedar and walnut. Initially I used a brass plate to help, but now I make my flutes completely out of wood and leather. I completed the flute by carefully turning the hollow form on a lathe with a center support.
This oak flute was number 4, and is one of the largest flutes I have made at 26 1/2 inches long and a 1 inch bore. It has a nice deep tone. The fetish/tuning block is my own design and is meant to be a kind of universal animal. What do you think of when you see it?
The last picture is of a flute rack I made out of redwood to store and display my many flutes, most of which are now made out of locally grown cherry.
-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood" www.etsy.com/shop/xyloidcreations