During the build of my recently posted 3 piece instrument, back in 2011, I had some initial success that prompted initiating a second build a few months later. I was wrong. Five years later, I smashed the Gm barrel earmarked for this instrument, all out of frustration. This flute is therefore just a backpacking flute wherein the overall length is reduced from 22-1/4 inches, by about 8-1/4 inches simply by removing the headstock. The flute will no longer look like a billy club or shotgun sticking out the top of your backpack…..For flute builders, or any instrument builders for that matter, When you perceive your project to be a failure, Just park it, until your skill set, vision, and different materials become available to you…..steps off soapbox.

Built from Alowood. Specifically, plantation grown New Zealand radiata pine, wherein the soft wood was hardened by high pressure blowing of colored starch, completely through the material. The material is no longer available anywhere on earth. Additional materials include Dyed/ stabilized box elder burl, tiger sycamore, Gabon ebony, paua abalone, rainbow topaz, Ethiopian opal doublet, Queensland AU boulder opal, hematite, turquoise, and crushed AZ malachite. Stay healthy, and enjoy the day.