Flute case - for a flute played standing on one leg ...

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Project by smartBoxmaker posted 08-15-2011 10:49 PM 8768 views 20 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made quite a lot of flute cases for some quite famous flute players – but then, how many flute players have most people heard of?

I made this case for the favourite flute – a beautiful Verne Q Powell wooden Boehm system – belonging to a certain famous rock flautist that I guess most will have heard of. Certainly anyone over the age of, say, 40, with even a passing interest in rock music.

He was my hero when I was studying the flute way back in the mid 70s [playing on one leg, headband and all] when the group in question was treading the boards. Actually, they’re still treading the boards, more than forty years on, as I discovered when IA contacted me last year to commission this case.

The lid is made from a single piece of 1.5mm [1/16”] birch ply, veneered twice [alternating grain directions] in order to combine maximum strength with lightness. This creates a VERY strong lid. The top veneer is a burr walnut bookmatch, the body is maple and the inlay is ebony. Finish is french polish.

The interior is lined with blue pigsuede formed over balsa blocks – format kept to a minimum whilst still holding the valuable flute completely secure.

The hardware is simple: small butt hinges, carefully cleaned up, and sliding button catches.

I also made a jewellery case for his daughter.

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK.

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 10:55 PM

Gorgeous case; I love the way you inlaid the walnut burl and the ebony. Very classy! I’m sure the customer is very pleased with your product. Don’t have a clue who the flutist is, though – I was just thinking and honestly cannot name a single flutist.


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#2 posted 08-15-2011 11:00 PM

That is to”tull”y awesome! I love the case, but I think I love the backstory even more. One of my favorite bands when I was a kid. I still can sing along to most of their music!

-- Gary in OP

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 11:11 PM

That is just too amazing. What a great story! We are talking about the band that has been my favorite since my sister gave me an unwanted 8-track tape with a drawing of a rather seedy looking character on the case.

All these years later, I still listen regularly and go to shows when they are in the area. I wish I had kept that 8-track tape, though.

Maybe you will get a photo of your customer with his new flute case. You sure did a great job on it.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 11:18 PM

Absolutely Beautiful !!!

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

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 11:31 PM

how this is real piece of art! my jaw fall to the flor, very impresive work and better inlay. can you post more on the make process? it’s a real joy

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#6 posted 08-15-2011 11:45 PM

Beautiful Case Andrew!! The flutist in question was one of my heroes too… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 11:48 PM

Awesome case!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 08-15-2011 11:57 PM

Beautiful case, Andrew. The contrasting walnut and maple are bold, but very tasteful. The brass is simple and functional and perfectly installed. I am humbled.

-- jbschutz

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#9 posted 08-16-2011 12:10 AM

Gorgeous work as usual Andrew. No need to go into detail ..they’re all spot on.

(More of a Paul Horn fan myself but to each his own.)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 08-16-2011 01:02 AM

That is Sooooooooooo Cooooooool, When it comes to inventive and interesting art forms, both You and IA are tops in my book, This case is music to my eyes, great job, must be really rewarding to be commissioned by prominent artists, Your work certainly deserves this kind of recognition, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#11 posted 08-16-2011 01:51 AM

Any pics of the work in progress like to see how you did it. real nice

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#12 posted 08-16-2011 02:08 AM

Beautiful case. It looks amazing.

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#13 posted 08-16-2011 02:45 AM

Jethro would be proud to have it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 08-16-2011 02:46 AM

OOOOOH, this is Beautiful !!!!!

Another fantastic piece of perfection Andrew! Just love it…... the craftsmanship, attention to detail ( yes, I noticed that the screws were lined up perfectly…) and the wood combination, WOW, that walnut burr is just magnificent !

Question: I am assuming that the base box as you described is Maple….. but the curved portion under the walnut, is that mdf? and the bottom of the box, is that Maple also?......

Oh how I wish I could come to the UK for classes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 08-16-2011 03:10 AM

Andrew, that is just a gorgeous piece of work for an equally stunning flute! I’m sure IA was thrilled, and this case will certainly outlast whatever held that instrument before.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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