Native American Flute Case

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Project by sedcokid posted 12-14-2011 10:22 PM 6251 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My next to the oldest Granddaughter is a freshman at Adrian College here in Michigan studying music. She is very talented and can play almost anything. While on a trip with her family she ran across this native American wooden Flute, she can play it beautifully. However there wasn’t a box or case for her new found instrument, so here is where Grandpa comes in….. She asked if I could make her a case for it, so this is what I came up with.

It is made out of Hard Maple and Black Walnut with Black Walnut splines and is 20” long. I purchased all the hard ware from Rockler, their service was fast and the products are of good quality. I made yokes to cradle the flute and lined them with felt. I think she will be pleased with it on Christmas.

Thanks for looking all comments are welcomed.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 10:45 PM

Beautiful Box Chuck. I love that wood combination. I think she will be pleased and cherish it. Well done.

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 11:03 PM

Now that is just darn cool.
Good for you. I am sure she will like it.

Nice finish too,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 11:09 PM

Very nice case Chuck. I love to listen to NAF’s. Teh walnut with the maple are a great combo. She will love it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 12:13 AM

Great looking box. Nice job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 12:29 AM

Wow, that is beautiful. She will love it. Nice going, Santa!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 12:33 AM

Nice looking case Chuck, she sure will be pleased with it.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 12-15-2011 01:18 AM

Gorgeous, Chuck! Love the wood combinations. She will cherish this forever!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 12-15-2011 02:20 AM

You Guys are sure kind, I just love being out in the shop!!

Thanks for the comments

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 12-15-2011 03:49 AM

Chuck, This is really a great project and I appreciate it on so many levels. As a craftsman, this is a wonderful special purpose box; as a member of a long line of musically involved people, this is extra special. I am warm in my heart knowing you have come up with something very special for your grand daughter. I’m planning a nice music stand for one of my grand daughters who is only 14 but has demonstrated a very acute interest in woodwind instruments.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 12-15-2011 03:15 PM

I’m sure she will be very happy with that

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 12-15-2011 05:52 PM

I also play the NAF . It is the easiest instrument to play, except for of course the kazoo, or the juice harp. I say that because I am not able to read music nor do I know if a note is higher or lower than another. I cannot play by ear. I have never played the same song twice. You get the picture here-there is only one simple rule. you play up and down the 5 note scale and then just mix it up, and bing bang boom your are playing beautiful native music. The American Indian will tell you not to play a recognized song but rather play to the earth, moon, river, or any other spirit, but play from the heart & not from the head, let your fingers roam on the flute.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#12 posted 12-15-2011 07:58 PM

thanks Doc, Roger and LiazrdHead for your kind words and Lizard I appreciate you comments regarding your experience’s with the NAF.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 12-15-2011 08:01 PM

They both look great ,thumbs up.

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#14 posted 10-16-2016 07:30 PM

I know this is an older post, but I just have to ask if you make these to sell? I play the flute and have four of them. Would love to have a way to transport without them getting damaged. Your work is beautiful. My uncle used to do a lot of work similar to your before he passed away years ago. Thank you for your time.

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