About the Flutes
wood I use comes from many sources -- my favorites are reclaimed
wood from furniture, pianos, buildings and other sources.
I also acquire trees and branches which have died or fallen
in storms, as well as purchase wood from specific lumber yards,
but I never use endangered species. Typical woods used
are cedar, maple, poplar, cherry, oak, holly, purple heart,
paduk, pine, and walnut, but I will build flutes from other
types of wood when available on special order.
Generally, my flutes are 6 hole flutes, tuned using an electronic
tuner. The tone holes are burned to size using a heated
steel rod. All flutes are tuned so they can be played
with other instruments.
Flutes are finished with a tung oil/varnish mixture. Generally,
soft woods receive 4-8 coats, and hardwoods 2-4 coats (because
they absorb less). If you would prefer a different finish,
such as an oil, wax or even urethane finish, I will be happy
to accommodate your wishes.
Below are some examples
of flutes I have made. Click on the thumbnail to see a