Six hole flute hand crafted from Old Growth, first generation Black Walnut. This flute features a 1 inch bore and is tuned to the key of D# at 440 Hz giving this flute a beautiful deep tone. Overall length of this flute is 27″ and features a unique grain pattern that can be generally found in true old growth wood stocks. Even though the two halves of this flute were book matched this flute has a unique appearance. One half of this flute is from the sap wood area of the wood. This gives the top portion of the flute the appearance of a whiter wood that does not look typical of walnut. The bottom of the flute as you rotate it becomes darker with the a more typical grain pattern of black walnut.
The playing holes on this flute are spaced as follows: The bottom three holes are spaced at 1 1/8″ apart on center and the top three holes are spaced at 1 1/16″ apart on center with spacing between the #3 & #4 holes at 1 1/4″ on center. This is a very comfortable spacing for most flutes and on a flute this large, they make it very easy to play. The fetish is our new horse head design and it was crafted from a single piece of the same Old Growth Walnut board but from a different part of the board. Notice how dark the fetish color is against the lighter sap wood color. It is attached by our 1/2″ larger cut leather which we prefer for this fetish. Leather accents on this flute are hand cut from selected Buffalo hides and the color is considered a buckskin color. However the color of the buffalo hide used here is a bit more white in color. Hanging from the center of the flute is white horse hair that is wrapped with traditional red wool and sinew complementing the lighter colored buffalo lace.
Inlay-ed into the top of this flute between the #6 playing hole and the cutting edge under the fetish are two 10mm x 14mm Mojave Purple Turquoise Cabochons. Each Cabochon is bezel set into Sterling Silver bezels. All of our turquoise is mined from the Kingman mine in Kingman, Arizona. Hanging from the front leather accent braids are 6 sterling silver beads, two of which contain a design. The other 8 beads are lavender colored glass Crow Beads. These are very nice quality beads both in glass and sterling.
Finally this flute is finished with more than 25 coats of hand rubbed semi-gloss lacquer. The inside of the flute prior to assembly was also sealed with more than 15 coats of lacquer to help prevent against wetting out. This flute is not only beautiful to play but beautiful to look at. It is really unique because of the wood tones and in fact this is the first flute we have built using these color accent combinations. This flute will ship like all of our flutes with protective flute bag.
Because this is a six hole flute it will ship with an extra piece of 1/2″ leather that you can use to cover the #4 hole if you wish. Covering this hole effectively makes it a five hole flute which for many is easier to play this way. If you like any of these flutes on this page you might want to consider the purchase of a custom buffalo hide bag – see below.
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True gallery quality, this is a one of a kind piece. If you are interested in this flute please contact us via email or call (307) -690-0427.