OK so now we actually begin making! But – we need to know what we’re going to make first. This depends on what key we want the flute to be in. The keys are usually referenced with “Middle C” on the piano, also called “C4”. A C4 flute would be an extremely low pitched flute […]
So – this cut-away diagram is from the side of the “business end” of your flute… click it for a bigger version. The flute is made by joining two pieces of wood together after shaping them on the inside; that’s where the “join” on the drawing is. Figure 1 shows a static flute which is […]
Before you begin making a flute, there’s a lot of stuff you’ll need, more stuff you’ll find useful, and yet more stuff which just makes life a little easier. Then of course, you’ll need the right wood. Now – it’s true that given a stick and a good knife, you can probably make a pretty […]
As promised, I’m starting my series of posts about making Native style Flutes. Here is the list of posts in the series. 1. Stuff you need, and Wood. 2. Understanding your Flute 3. Selecting a Bore and Preparing the “Flute Blank” 4. Marking and Routing. 5. Cutting the ramp & flue. 6. Cutting the True Sound Hole; […]
The piece on top of the flute isn’t just decorative: it’s critical to the playing. Nice if it can look pretty, though?
Shaping on the lathe…
You may remember some time ago that I posted the first in a series of posts which talk about how I make these wonderful instruments, where I talked about shaping the flute. Today I’m going to show you something of how to make the basic body of the flute – which is actually one of […]
I thought it would interest some of you to see some of the work that goes into making these flutes – so once in a while I’ll post up a little piece which shows a random bit of the flute making process. Today I’m going to cover shaping the flute – it starts life as a long square […]