Cedar is not my favorite….

Hi. This flute is built from Oklahoma red cedar and tuned to G#4. It has a bore diameter of 7/8” and is 18 inches in length. Overall, it’s a nice cedar flute, technically correct, nicely voiced, and not one of my favorites. The only reason for that is because it’s...

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Whimsy 2.0

Meet Whimsy 2.0   I began building this block from scraps, and it is the second build with this cast of characters. The flute wood is SE Asian paldao, with accents of dyed/stabilized box elder burl. The fetish block is somewhat fragile, so this flute would not be your...

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Ambrosia is not a fruit salad

This material is known as Ambrosia Maple. I thought ambrosia was a fruit salad, and I was wrong. It’s a tiny bug that loves eating maple wood. If a flute has a pin hole from one of these bugs, the flute will know it, and sound like a duck call instead of a flute....

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Hawaiian Curly Koa Gm

Hawaiian Curly Koa Gm

            In flute making,  I’m particularly fond of equatorial hardwoods, for their beauty and voicing. My tools are never fond of them. Ever. This is Hawaiian curly Koa. It has a 1” bore diameter, and is tuned to Gm. I had other...

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A Brief Dance with Physics

A Brief Dance with Physics

              I decided I wanted to defy the laws of physics, and build a flute with a 7/8” bore diameter…over two ft. long, tuned to E4m. Shortly thereafter, I decided there are some rules of acoustics that have no work around. I...

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Serendipity….

Serendipity….

So while I was downstairs in my shop fashioning the fetish block for my latest instrument, my bride, Ms. Denise was up on our deck, taking random photos of the storm clouds brewing out over the ocean. When she came down to show me the result, the cloud formation in...

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Something a little Different

Something a little Different

            Yep……, this flute has yet another bird for the fetish block. However, the flute itself is significantly different; It has an Amaj melodic tuning, in a Hitzaz (Ousak) scale. The 8 note sequences of this scale are divided into...

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