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Custom/Collector Flutes - Inlays
Drone Flutes - dual and triple chambered flutes
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Our approach to making flutes is simple - to honor our ancestors that gave us this beautiful instrument, and to honor the many generations of flute makers that have walked this earth walk before us and with us. Also to honor the Great Life which gives us sustenance, including the trees and all the materials we need to make our flutes.
We are blessed to be living in an area where there is a wide variety of hard and soft woods, but whenever possible we like to use old or salvaged wood, to avoid the cutting down of trees. Some of the wood we use is in excess of 100 years old, which also makes for a better sounding flute.
Unlike many other flute makers, we do not "job out" any part of the flute making process. This means going to a sawmill to saw the logs, or even taking down old houses or buildings to get older wood. Every step from the raw piece of wood or tree to the finished flute is done by us, by hand. Even the varnish we use we make ourselves. It is a 17th century violin varnish recipe. It is completely free of chemicals, non-toxic, very durable and exceptionally beautiful, as well as having excellent sound qualities.
Traditionally Native American flutes are tuned to a pentatonic scale in an arbitrary key, as they were solo instruments. Our flutes are 6 hole flutes that are keyed, but use a traditional southeastern tuning. This means that they produce a traditional scale, but can also play along with western instruments (piano, guitar, etc.). Besides being able to play the traditional pentatonic scale, they will also play a chromatic scale. Other tunings are available by special order.
The majority of the flutes we make are made to order, so we don't keep an inventory of flutes. We make them in small batches, by hand. If you should choose to order a flute from us, keep in mind that it may take a little time, since we make our flutes by hand.
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