Rich Halliburton's Querencia Flutes

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Location: Hermosa Beach, California, United States

After building flutes for a number of years now, I sneeze sawdust, and it scares my cat. That being said, it is however an absolute drop dead, no joke passion for me. When I'm not eating sawdust, I'm searching the entire planet for the most beautiful, exotic/bizarre woods, and gemstones I can find. I plow every dime back into purchasing these items, in addition to a few margarita supplies....... I don't follow, or pretend to understand a lot of the cardinal rules of flutemaking, and the end product seems to indicate I'm better off for it. PLUS, I continue to make great friends on a daily basis, most of whom possess humbling talent. ...Ya won't find that working at a carwash, even if it does pay better.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

“The greatest thing you can do is surprise yourself”. Anonymous

Both of these quotes resonate with me this month. Life seems to be all about raising the bar, on a daily basis. When I developed the website, I also built a whimsical rock garden, as what I felt to be a pleasing backdrop for photographing my flutes. Since that time, my cat pee’d on my neck while I was asleep in bed, so sooner than later, my little rock garden will double as a nifty gravesite for ‘Cisco the wonder cat’. Anyway, over the last year or so, I see that many other flutebuilders are now providing a pleasing photographic backdrop for their work as well. What used to be a linoleum floor, or the dining room table, has given way to propping up the flute in Grandma’s rosebush, or next to some potted cactus. Cute. I am also seeing more right-brain effort to explore building this instrument as playable art. This is good. From my perspective, I see a lot of woodworkers now attempting to create art, while I’m an artist trying to create a flute. It’s sort of like trying to reach the same goal from two different directions. I like to think my work has been influential in this regard…….but then I also like to think I’m the King of Denmark on occasion.

Friday, the 23rd of November is known around here as black Friday. All flutes will be marked down 10%, and remain discounted through Christmas. Those of you who are already members of the Querencia Woodwind family know what that means. ….woo-hoo.