From time to time I come across a flute project I did for someone else and as I look back on it I get excited about how the flute came out. One of my favorite woods to work with is Port Orford Cedar which is not easy to get anymore. But I do have some stashed away for special occasions.
This flute was made for a client in the Cave Creek Arizona area and I really liked how it turned out. The customer wanted to have a flute that voiced an “A” @ 440Hz. As most of you know I live in the Yellowstone Basin here in Wyoming so our altitude and weather patterns are quite a bit different than the desert region of Arizona. Building a flute in Wyoming and shipping to Arizona and hitting the mark for tuning is always a challenge. All in all I think I was able to get pretty close.
What I like about this flute is the simple elegance it embraced and the mix of the Sapodilla Totem Rails, Cutting Edge inlay and the Maple Mustang fetish it was a really eye appealing flute when finished. Easy to play and sounded wonderful. We recorded the sound clip here in Wyoming after it was finished so check out the voice of this flute in the clip below.
Commissioned projects are always fun yet stressful to do. This flute project was one I really enjoyed. I would love to work on another project like this one again for a new customer. Maybe that customer is you? Let me know what you think of this flute in the comments below. If you would like to explore a flute for you similar reach out to me.
Earlier this year I was commissioned to craft a new flute from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar. The client requested a flute tuned to the Key of A @ 440 Hz and she wanted it to be “Concert Tuned”. I was excited to build this new flute as Port Orford Cedar is one of my very favorite species to work with.
So I found the stock I was going to craft this flute from and from the very beginning it just all seem to come together. One new addition to this flute was the addition of an inlaid Sapodilla Cutting Edge and two totem rails crafted from the same piece of Sapodilla as the inlaid edge. By spending the extra time on an inlaid edge and using a wood species quite a bit harder than the POC this would insure a cleaner sound and more resistant to future potential damage – not to mention is looks really cool.
Because this flute was being crafted with a 7/8″ Bore and we were shooting for an “A” I knew this flute would tend to be a bit shorter than many that I make. I designed this flute to have a longer Slow Air Chamber and a stop block of around 1 1/4″ along with a 2 3/4″ blowhole to help with the overall aesthetics. One other addition was to tune the fundamental note using the 4 Winds tuning holes which also give additional length to the overall flute.
Because I handcraft and hand shape all of my flutes I have to be careful when it comes to adding Totem Rails which you can see in the image above. At this point you can see the Cutting Edge inlay is complete, the playing holes and 4 Winds tuning holes have been laid out. The Totem Rails have been added and glued to the body of the flute and at this point it was time to start the shaping of this flute.
After a few weeks of prep work, gluing, clamping, shaping and sanding I had come up with what for me was a new design in that this flute feature a tapered rail that when the fetish or totem was added the back of the fetish would meet the end of the taper. This approach created a bit different shape towards the mouthpiece, meaning not so round, but more of an edgy look and overall I really like it.
Tuning this flute was also a challenge as I live in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of over 6400 feet. Our humidity is higher than Arizona which is where this flute would call home. Finally temperature is another real issue when tuning. So I decided to tune the flute to the flat side of the note with the expectation that when the flute finds its way home to Arizona the lower humidity, lower elevation and higher temperatures the note would play closer to fundamental note of A. We will see… some tweaking down the road may be required.
The final job to complete was to come up with a totem that met the desire of the client by yet allowed me to keep my whimsical tendencies that seems to run a common thread in other totems I have designed. This flute was to have some sort of horse head totem and so this was what I ended up with. The new owner likes to affectionately call it the Crazy Horse totem. Seems fitting…
After a long winter and selling just about most of our winter inventory I am just getting ready to put the final touches on this batch of new Flute Blanks. In this batch there will be Western Red Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and a couple of Russian Olive blanks. Bore sizes will vary from 3/4″ to 1″ in this batch. All of these blanks will be available for purchase on Jackson Hole Tim and our Ebay Store.
In this batch there will be 5 Old Growth Port Orford Cedar blanks that are all matched and from the same board. These blanks are very unusual as they have the properties of Birds Eye Maple. All five of these blanks will be bored at 7/8″ and will feature a slightly longer Slow Air Chamber which should make for very nice Aesthetics. Each blank will be $52.00 each as these are very rare to come by. The other POC blanks are also very nice but from different boards.
Any of these blanks can be secured for a commissioned flute as well. If you are looking for an opportunity to own a truly unique flute blank then one of these five would be the ones. If you have interest to purchase message me and we can set them aside. Otherwise you will find them listed very soon.
Contact me by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 690-0427. To secure any one of these POC blanks I will invoice you for full payment and shipping.
Today I added updates on 3 new flutes that have been started. View new pictures to our Under Construction Page. One is a Commissioned piece and the other two are currently available. There is time to add custom touches to them if you are interested. For those interested in following what I am up to our Under Construction page is a good place to check out. Everything you find on this page that is not available can be commissioned. Check out the latest update and follow the journey of one of my newly Commissioned Art pieces…
As many of you know we love everything about the Native American Flute. A very special wind instrument with healing powers. Jackson Hole Artist Timothy Jennings recently completed another Port Orford Cedar flute winner. The working qualities and finished product Tim produces always makes us smile. This little flute is no exception. This six hole Native American Style flute is now one of my favorite flutes we have produced. Completely hand crafted with a 3/4″ bore and tuned to the Key of G @ 432Hz – we love how this flute plays and sounds. Simple elegance is the best description we have come up with.
The Otter fetish also crafted from Port Orford Cedar sits atop his new drop step design. On many of Tim’s new flutes he is adding a drop step just in front of the windway that gives really nice aesthetic effect. This step is completely created by hand and the results is a sleeker taper through the barrel of the flute. There are no added accents to this flute other than the hand cut black Elk hide lace. Overall length on this flute is 23″ measure tip to tip on the top of the flute. Playing holes are spaced for comfort and the bottom 3 holes are 1 1/8″ on center. The top three are 1 1/26″ on center with a 1 1/4″ spacing between the #3 and #4 playing holes. This little flute is a real joy to play. Signed by artist Timothy Jennings and priced to be affordable.
This flute ships with a protective bag and the price is $285.00 plus freight. This is the lowest price flute Tim has offered in quite sometime.
Tim Jennings says that “we want everyone to be able to afford one of our hand made flutes and this is a best effort attempt at making this possible”.
Currently Tim has several Port Orford Cedar flutes finished waiting for a home. Two smaller flutes similar to this one are available with inlays to the cutting edge. Check them out when you get a chance. To hear a sound sample of this flute click the link below.
Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar Flute Here: [audio http://www.individualhealth.com/flutefiles/PortOrf_432G.mp3 ]