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Native American Flutes!

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Project by daruco posted 06-27-2016 06:35 PM 1098 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Learned so much making these (the first six ended up firewood). Fascinating to figure out how to channel the air in, out, across, over, and onto the so-called “knife edge” that splices it ‘just so’ that somehow magically creates a clear, pure tone. I think these may be the most fun, most satisfying projects I’ve ever done.

Bear and horse flutes are walnut and maple. Dolphin flute is butternut with curly maple totem. Totems are hand-carved and dremeled. Just butcher block oil for finish given where the mouth goes. I beeswaxed the walnut flutes to give them a bit of a shine, but decided against doing so for the soft butternut, whose tone was so breathy I couldn’t bring myself to coat it with anything.

-- dave : vermont





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TravisH

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#1 posted 06-27-2016 09:46 PM

Those turned out very nice. I have looked at making one after I made a few simple bamboo flutes a few years ago. I would agree that they ended up being a very satisfying project.

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 06-28-2016 02:36 AM

Beautiful designs and work both!

Now you have to learn to play them!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 03:24 PM

That flute is so nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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