|Project by hingeman||posted 08-15-2011 10:49 PM||6611 views||17 times favorited||33 comments|
I’ve made quite a lot of flute cases for some quite famous flute players – but then, how many flute players have most people heard of?
I made this case for the favourite flute – a beautiful Verne Q Powell wooden Boehm system – belonging to a certain famous rock flautist that I guess most will have heard of. Certainly anyone over the age of, say, 40, with even a passing interest in rock music.
He was my hero when I was studying the flute way back in the mid 70s [playing on one leg, headband and all] when the group in question was treading the boards. Actually, they’re still treading the boards, more than forty years on, as I discovered when IA contacted me last year to commission this case.
The lid is made from a single piece of 1.5mm [1/16”] birch ply, veneered twice [alternating grain directions] in order to combine maximum strength with lightness. This creates a VERY strong lid. The top veneer is a burr walnut bookmatch, the body is maple and the inlay is ebony. Finish is french polish.
The interior is lined with blue pigsuede formed over balsa blocks – format kept to a minimum whilst still holding the valuable flute completely secure.
The hardware is simple: small butt hinges, carefully cleaned up, and sliding button catches.
I also made a jewellery case for his daughter.
-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK http://www.box-making.com