Some days I just feel like cutting flute blanks. For me this is actually something I need to get psyched about in order to get them done right. There are so many steps that go into making a good quality blank not to mention the large amount of time that goes into each and every one.
I have been cutting flute blanks for not only my own projects but for flute builders of every skill level a very long time. I have cut flute blanks for more than 18 years and I would guess we have one of the best selections of ready to build flute blanks sets around.
For the past several days I have been going through boards and selecting what I think will make good flute blanks and cutting them to size with all the parts that are needed. Each and every blank gets drum sanded to exact dimensions for our jigs and then checked and double checked for accuracy. Finally each one is shrink wrapped to protect the integrity of each one prior to shipping.
One of my favorite woods to make a flute from is Russian Olive. Russian Olive boards always seem to have a twisted soul. But when I can find a board that I can render blanks from I try and spend extra time making sure they are right. These 7 pictured here are exactly what I like to end up with. 2 have already been spoken for but these are some really nice Russian Olive blanks sets.
If you are a flute builder or just a weekend warrior visit our Pre-Bored Flute Blanks page and see if you find a blank that you can transform into another magical wind instrument.
Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar Blanks Available Now
For many years flute makers all across this country used us as a source for quality flute blank materials. The past couple of years we had to make some changes as we had to take care of family for a while. Finally our family can now offer again to our new and existing customers a source for high quality Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar when available.
I currently stock ready to ship pre-cut flute blank billets in a standard 24″ and 30″ lengths ready for you to cut to your needed dimensions. All billets unless otherwise listed are either 2″ x 2″ or 1 15/16″ x 1 15/16″ square. These are cut from hand select Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar Boards. Each blank has a tight vertical grain and when cut or turned on a lathe these blanks will make beautiful sounding flutes. This is the very same material I use here in my shop for my custom flutes.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar Crafts A Beautiful Flute
Alaskan Yellow Cedar is one of my favorite woods to craft flutes from. As many of you know here in my shop use the two blank method where we bore the interior components of the flute and then glue the two halves back together when we have finished with the inside of the flute. AYC when glued right will show virtually no glue joint. And because you can cut your blanks from the same billet you end up with book matched blanks.
This quality of AYC is extremely hard to come by, expensive to purchased and because of the high density of the grain the boards are heavy thus raising shipping costs. But this material is worth every penny. These two pictures provided here where both made by me out of this very same AYC. The flute to the right ended up having a hand-made cabochon that I crafted from Cantlinite (Native American Pipestone) and it was bezel set in Sterling Silver.
I am selling blanks individually or in lots of 4 and 6 per box. Each blank individually is $22 per 30″ blank and $19.75 per 24″ blank. If you purchase a box of 4 you save 15% on the price of the box and 18% on a box of 6 plus shipping costs. Each blank is individually shrink wrapped to help keep the wood stable at our altitude.
Wether you cut these billets into two halves or turn on a lathe and use a rifle boring machine to craft your flute bore you will love how easy AYC is to work with. It finishes like glass and the tone of the flute is one we think is one of the best.
If you are wanting larger quantities of blanks simple email me with your request to “firstname.lastname@example.org” or feel free to reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427. To view our page to for additional order information, stock and such CLICK HERE.
Building your own flute is a journey within reach for everyone who has the ability to use their hands. The Native American Flute is one of the most pleasant-sounding wind instruments to play and one that anyone who has the interest and desire to play can learn. Building your own flute whether it be for personal satisfaction or because you want to build them and sell them to the public is truly a satisfying endeavor. Not everyone one has the space, time or money to have a workshop that allows you to create the supplies you will need to build your own flute.
“Several years ago I slowly became a resource for flute builders all over the country. Before I realized what had happened I was in the lumber business and every day I got further away from what it was I loved to do – Build Native American Flutes. So last year I finally said “enough” I had lost my way! The journey I was on was no longer the one I started out with. I had to get back to the flute! Today I am back at it and I am still here willing to help those seeking a spiritual path to building your own flute. There is nothing quite like it!”
Artist Timothy Jennings has worked for many years providing flute makers all over the country with some of the best quality old growth specialty wood flute blanks to help you complete your flute project. Most of the wood Tim uses is indigenous to North America, with very few exceptions. All the leather accents he uses to craft his flutes come from hand selected Buffalo and Elk hides and this same material is available for purchase on this website. Save yourself some time, money, and space by ordering from Tim Jennings @ JacksonHoleTim.com you may just find just what you need for your next flute project.