CA Buckeye Burl F#m


This material never EVER wants to become a flute. It would rather remain as a root growth, preferably underground. The F# instrument is 22-13/16” in length, with a 7/8” bore diameter. Prior to shaping, 32 holes had to be filled. Materials used included Arizona turquoise, New Mexico pipestone, Coyote bone, malachite. AZ chrysocolla, red branch coral, and of course, Ethiopian jasper.

Woods used at the mouthpiece include maple burl, between layers of redwood burl, capped with the buckeye, while the sides of the compression chamber include 19mm disks of SE Asian amboyna burl. The fetish block is cut from the buckeye burl, bonded to Oklahoma red cedar for moisture control. The wing overlay includes abalone, walnut burl, mappa burl, and yew.

Inlay for the instrument at the mouthpiece begins with a 9x11mm dome cut oval labradorite cab, flanked by 4mm turquoise dots from Arizona’s famed Sleeping Beauty mine. Forward from that, the sound chamber is set with an 11x19mm teardrop cab of Bisbee AZ turquoise, while the finger holes are accented with four 4.8mm abalone dots and a 6mm dome cut amber cab. Lastly, the fetish block has a 6mm turquoise cab set to the crown, and 2.8mm hematite beads set as eyes.

The wood temperature at the time of tuning, was 78.1°F, with an air  temp of 72.8°F, and 58% humidity. Tuning was done at sea level.