Native American Styled Flute

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Project by BlueRocco posted 05-01-2010 07:48 AM 1901 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first Flute. I made it in the key of Gb. It actually sounds pretty good. All the wood I used in it I cut and cured myself. The body of the flute is Maple from a friends tree we had to cut down and the bird is from a walnut tree that died on my property and stood dead for seven years befor I cut it down. All the walnut in the pictures that I have posted came from this same tree. I love playing the flute late at night when the lights are off and it is really quiet.

-- Micheal, Boise, Id

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#1 posted 05-01-2010 08:06 AM

The bird is awesome. I once met a guy who specialized in making these and atlatls.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#2 posted 05-01-2010 02:51 PM

I grew up in Oklahoma. My mother is Chickasaw, one of the Muskhogean tribes, often called Mus-co-gee. Anyway, I knew older people around me, my whole life who sat late at night playing the flute. Calms the nerves from the day’s concerns. My mother said my behavior always indicated to her that my animal was the bear, perhaps yours is a hawk or eagle? So, if I ever make a flute, I guess I’ll carve a bear.

However, like an idiot I never learned to make a flute. Gonna have to do that.

How did, where did you pick up the skill?

Thanks for sharing, and nice job.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#3 posted 05-01-2010 04:42 PM

I would love to make one of these! How did you bore out the middle?

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 05-01-2010 06:20 PM

I got the plans on line at wolf flute. Anyway you can just do a search for Native American Flutes Groups. There are a few out there. I got my book on amazon doing a flute making book search. As for boring out the flute. I made it in two pieces and used a core bit on each half, then glued it together and sanded the inside.
Here is a great group for learning how to make flutes, I got a LOT of information in the files section.
Everyone is great at helping you get started…..

-- Micheal, Boise, Id

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 11:54 PM

I love listening to Native American flute music but can’t play a note myself. Lovely flute, wish I could hear it.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 01:45 AM

Nice looking flute. I have been a flute maker for more than twenty years and your first flute is always one you remember. I gave the first one I made to a flute player/singer named Bill Miller who played it on his third CD. I still make flutes now and then mostly if their is someone special I want to give it to. I also carve the ends on most of my flutes like ducks, eagles and even horses. for those that are interested I have a few post on my blog on making flutes and if anyone wants to know more just contact me. Enjoy your flute I’m sure it is just the first of many you will make.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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