Well… flutes and tools, anyway 🙂 The entrance to Stonelaughter Towers.
Most flute makers make some mark on their flutes to identify their work – mine’s pretty simple; an image of Kokopeli, “SL” for my name, and the key of the flute. A loose grain like western red cedar makes it hard to be neat!!
This flute was made today… B Flat and made of Western Red Cedar, with a cherry bird.
If you’re in Nottingham and fancy some wonderful Craft stuff – take a look in the new craft store at 62 Station Road, Sandiacre, Nottingham. There’s some flutes there you might recognise…!!
Cutting a slot for a thread binding is not always an exact science, even on the lathe.
You can’t put a round hollow wooden thing into a vice. Nuh-uh. It squashes and splits. So – you cut a “V” into a couple of bits of wood, line the Vs with old leather, and use THEM to grip the flute in the vice. Now it’s being held from all sides and can’t squash […]
While it’s being made, a flute’s potential for beauty is only dimly visible.
A friend of ours came to our house and made her own flute under my tutelage.
Following a snap in the body of this flute, I put in an ash piece and made an absolutely stunning (though I say it myself) flute which is now with an extremely happy owner. Bubinga is an exotic wood which is incredibly dense and hard… but as you can see has amazing grain.
Some genuinely lovely grain coming through on this flute…