Everyone I ever spoke to about woodwork says the same thing… measure twice, or three times, and cut once. Never was this more important advice than with flutes – most of the dimensions are critical to good sound. So when you mark, double check your marking before making any kind of cut. Marking Up First thing’s […]
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; […]
OK folks I’m sorry but the only people who were even looking at this were people I knew already – the idea of bringing lots of new people in by updating content daily failed. I’m no longer hoping to complete a year of daily photos because of that and also because I couldn’t always find […]
This bird design was inspired by ones I’ve seen from other makers all over… I rather like it.
When using the lathe, you can make the walls THIN…
Further progress being made on the maple flute – Work on the lathe is now done.
Sometimes you have to use a chisel to cut the ramp and flue… and you have to be ACCURATE.