Native American flute 1st

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Project by imallchalkedup posted 05-01-2011 06:30 PM 3715 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I talked to a guy that made flutes and decided that this was something I would like to try so I got some information from him on the process and gave it a go. Overall I am pleased with this project and it does play fine, but as with all first there are some things I would do differently on the next go around. But anyway here it is, but don’t expect me to play it for ya, I’m pretty far from being a Native American. :)

-- RStadler

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#1 posted 05-01-2011 07:02 PM

Nice job. How about sharing your lessons learned? What is the thing that’s rubber banded on? Doesn’t look like something I’ve ever seen on a flute before. How is it constructed? Is it drilled/hollowed or split then glued?

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 07:34 PM

Hi ianlee74, this is what is called the block or commonly called the “bird”, its job is to cover the flue and direct airflow to the second chamber inside the flute (SAC) or sound air chamber. It is just tied on, usually with a piece of leather. I see here from the pics that I tied mine on kind of crooked, but it is made of wood and this was a simple design from a book that I purchased, but any block for at the base and that is relatively flat will work and then you can put anything you like for character and looks on top of that, Iv’e people have carved at animals of every sort sitting on top the block and would like to try that next time around. The flute itself is made from two pieces of wood that are routed out on both halves to form the two chambers required for this type of flute then they were glued together turned on a lathe and the the flue was routed and finger hole drilled.

-- RStadler

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 08:27 PM

Looks really good.
Do you play it?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 09:16 PM

Really looks good! When are you going to make a video of yourself playing this and sharing with us…

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 09:56 PM

WOW Ron !!! I can’t wait to hear this one. I will not be at the meeting this month so I will have to catch up with you later on. I am interested in learning more about it. I may have to hit you up for a lesson, both making and playing one. I think I may have found a demo for our fall turning day…... hint,hint, hint :)

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 05-01-2011 11:27 PM

Nice job Poolman, love to hear you play a tune,
Can you vary the pitch/ tone by playing with the size of the routered inner section?
Nice finish also, looks as if it’s been hanging about for years and gained that aged look :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 05-02-2011 03:01 PM

Great first flute. Is it ‘natively’ tuned to itself or is it ‘concert’ tuned to a particular key like ‘G’? I have made nearly 100 of them so far, the sound and the process is very addictive. I also teach making them as a 4H class at summer camps and we use ‘urban pine’ (3/4” PVC pipe) which makes a pretty good one. By the way “SAC” is “slow air chamber”. I have a few on here and more of a blog on my site if you care to look. Yours is very beautiful. What species of wood for the flute and bird? Sure would like to hear it!! I wish you much success in your fluting journey!

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 05-03-2011 10:08 PM

Well this one happens to be Ron tuned, I didn’t have a chromatic tuner at the time so I couldn’t do any fine tuning, but I have one now and plan on making more flutes. I checked the tune on it though and it is really close in the key of G, just a hair flat and all other notes seem to be pretty close also. So I guess I just got lucky. This electronic tuner is really cool and can’t wait to fine tune my next one.

-- RStadler

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#9 posted 10-10-2011 08:51 PM

That flute looks wonderful, Ron! I definitely recommend learning to play it, too. Which book did you use? I’ve been looking around for one, but the ones that are out there don’t have a lot of reviews. Was it mostly step-by-step, or does it have some of the theory as well (sound hole placement, sizing the air chambers, how to adjust the air flow between the chambers and under the bird?

-- Tim -- Tools to make tools to's tools all the way down.

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#10 posted 07-04-2013 02:08 AM

Flutes are a joy to make, your flute looks good for the first time making

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#11 posted 01-25-2014 11:47 PM

looks great

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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