As promised these completed flute blanks will start hitting our inventory pages starting later today. Included in this lot are 4 – 1 inch bore Black Willow blanks, two 3/4″ bore Western Red Cedar, 3 Alaskan Yellow Cedar Blanks in 1inch and 7/8″ bore and several Alaskan Yellow Cedar Billets and two beautiful Port Orford Cedar blank sets that have not been bored. In this lot most of the blanks in addition to the bore and blow holes being cut we have decided to cut just the focusing channel and the exit hole from the Slow Air Chamber. We DID NOT cut a starter hole for the Cutting Edge. We have received several requests lately to leave this area alone as more and more flute builder want to tackle the Windway/Cutting edge themselves. Look or them on our Pre-Bored Flute Blank pages and our Blanks, Billets & Boards page.
Today I will be starting some new Pre-Bored flute blanks that will be cut from some Black Willow and China Berry. I am hoping to get 7-10 nice blanks sets in 1″ and 7/8″ bores. Black Willow is a really nice wood to make a flute from and it is easy to work and produces a very nice sounding flute. China Berry is a bit hard much like Black Locust. Although it is harder and the wood is a bit tricky to hand plane it too produces a nice sounding flute – although with a bit of a brighter voice. You can find current inventory on our Pre-Bored Flute Blank Page. Check them out…
This is a post for a flute I just finished re-working and sent back to a client. It came to me as a C# and we changed it to a D @432Hz. This is a flute I made several years ago for a client in Idaho and when it came back to me I immediately saw some things I wanted to change. The eagle fetish now placed on the flute was one she purchase from me a year ago for another flute and she wanted to use it on this flute along with the feather fetish originally created as you can see in the photo below. We did not put a finish on the flute originally by request nor did we this time after reshaping.
If you look closely at the original photo below you will see that this flute was a bit on the big side and with a 1″ bore a C# is really not the best key for it. So I re-tuned it to a D @432Hz. This flute sounds a lot better and plays really nice. I had to make some adjustments to the eagle fetish chimney so it would not interfere with the flow of air. The image above is the same flute after re-working it. Much more slender, hand carved signature step in front of the windway and a much tighter mouthpiece. I did not change anything in the length of the flute nor did I adjust the playing holes. All tuning was done using an undercutting technique. I only hope she is pleased with the end result.
Pre-Bored Flute Blanks Now Ship with Bison Leather Lace
We now stock and cut our own Bison Leather Lace for our production flutes and for all of you flute makers we are now adding Bison Lace with each Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Set ordered from this page. Select the flute blank(s) you want and one of 4 current colors of lace available from the shopping cart. Each flute blank ordered will ship with it’s own lace so when you complete your flute you will be ready to tie your fetish on your new flute. The Bison lace shipped with each order will be pre-cut lace that is 3/8″ wide (most popular) by 36″inches in length. This provides you with plenty of length for each flute blank you order. Current colors available are:
If you are not sure what kind of fetish you want to craft check out some our Do It Yourself (DIY) Fetish blanks we offer – Click Here. This is a good way to get started with a preformed fetish design that you will finish yourself.
PLUS – All Flute Blanks Ordered Ship with 3 Schematic Drawings
Each order we now include beginning January 1st 2018 three proprietary Flute Drawing Schematics that should assist you in your flute building journey at no additional cost. These schematics will help detail the important components for crafting the Windway or Cutting Edge. These drawings will share with you the exact process I use in my own personal flute building. When your order is placed and paid for we will email you these schematics in advance of your order shipping. We also sell these schematics as a stand alone order for $6.95.
I have just completed and added 16 new pre-bored flute blanks to our flute blank pages. Four of the new blanks are crafted from China Berry which has characteristics of Black Locust. All fours blanks are 24″ inches long cut with a 7/8″ bore.
The other blanks include 7/8″ and 1″ bores cut in Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar. Lengths are 24″, 28″ and 30″ inches long. All windways and focusing channels are cut to 3/8″ wide but on the 1″ bored blanks you can enlarge them up to 1/2″ wide if desired.
These blanks are available now – CLICK HERE to VIEW.
Just completed this flute is one that has been shared in our Under Construction Page. This six hole Native American Style flute is handcrafted from a piece of very old Black Walnut harvested from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Not a matched set of blanks but cut from the same board. This flute features a 7/8″ bore tuned to the key of F# @432Hz and Sapodilla rails which nests the fetish which is our Teton Spike. The Spike is crafted from a piece of Bubinga which is seldom used in our shop and it will be attached with a matrix of our Handcut Wyoming Tan Bison Leather. Flute body features our signature hand cut step. Another very nice flute. Available for $325.00 plus shipping. CLICK HERE for full details on this flute.
We have just added a new flute available for sale. This Port Orford Cedar flute is a five hole flute tuned to the Key of G @ 440Hz. This is a very very nice POC flute with an incredible voice. In an attempt to make some of our flutes more affordable we have priced this flute at $185.00. This is in a small way our attempt to make some of our flutes available for the first time flute buyer. But do not be fooled by the price – this little flute is really nice. beginner or not For more information CLICK HERE and see the full details of this amazing little flute.
As I write this post we are adding 15 new Pre-Bored Native American Style flute blanks to our Pre-Bored Blanks for sale page. In this batch there are 3 26″ long China Berry blanks bored with a 7/8″ bore. One Old Growth Port Orford Cedar blank 28″ long and a 7/8″ bore. One 30″ long Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar 30″ long. There are five 1″ bore Port Orford Cedar flute blanks all five are 30″ inches long. Finally we have added five more 24″ long 7/8″ bore Alaskan Yellow Cedar blanks.
All of our blanks are individually shrink wrapped to help maintain the quality of the blank before and during shipping. Each blank list on our Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Page are listed individually and the picture you see is the actual blank you are purchasing. All 15 will be identified with the tag NEW in the listing. ALL of these new blanks are first-rate blanks and the Port Orford Cedar blanks are some of the best I have cut in a long time. Check them out.
Inbound as I write this post are several of the first new Bison hides I have selected for all of you flute builders out there. These first hides will be available in four great colors with more colors to come. If you are building your own flutes you will once again be able to purchase pre-cut lace for next project.
In addition you will be able to order Bison Leather by the square foot, half hides and even full hides. Create new and exciting leather accents for your flutes such as fringed wraps, bags, lace, straps and more. These are very high quality first grade hides NOT sloppy seconds.
Look for our new Bison Hide pages to be added in our menu system in the next few days. I am excited to bring quality orth American Bison hides to our customers. In the meantime if you have questions email me @ “email@example.com”
Four New Colors
From time to time I want to highlight certain products available on our website for sale. I want to share with those who are looking for Pre-Bored Native American Styled Flute Blanks for their next flute project these really nice pre-bored flute blanks. Although most all of the pre-bored flute blanks we list are very nice blanks occasionally there are some that are easily missed. I have four more 30 inch Black Willow flute blanks ready to ship. These are very nice blanks three with a 1″ bore and one with a 1 1/8″ bore, all with the focusing channel currently set to 3/8″ in width. All four of these blanks are from the same board and are book matched blanks. Black Willow make for a very nice flute, easy to work and aesthetically pleasing. Below are the four blanks currently available. You can also find them through the menu system by mousing over “Native American Flute”…”Flute Blank Supplies”…”Pre-Bored Flute Blanks”.
|1. BW_M_002 – Black Willow 1 1/8″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 1/2″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set.||View||$48|
|2. BW_M_003 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set.||View||$48|
|3. BW_M_004 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set.||View||$48|
|4. BW_M_005 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set.||View||$48|
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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.