Recently I was blessed with another commission for a gentleman who lives in the South along the Gulf Coast. After several email exchanges and a few phone calls I agreed to make the flute you see here. This order was for a flute that was basically complete and playable leaving the final finishing work for the customer. This flute was handcrafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar and it was crafted with a 7/8″ Bore. I tuned it to F# @432 Hz. Because of the extreme difference between my altitude here in Wyoming and his along the gulf I did my best to set the tuning to the flat side of the note. The image you see here has NO finish on either the flute or the walnut spike totem. Just the natural colors of both.
As we all know wood is ever-changing with its environment. Some say it is a living being. The fact is we are at 6200 feet and he at around 250. Temperature and humidity are vastly different too. But the flute is leaving in tune with itself and I am sure he will be very pleased with how it plays. The fetish or totem was originally planned to be my whimsical Otter Design but after building the flute it was clear the totem needed to be one that had a chimney. Every one of my Windways are hand cut and no matter how many I do I never really know how it will be until after glue up. As with all the flutes I make we will ship this with a protective bag.
If you would like to commission a flute like this simply reach out. I would love to build one just for you.