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.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Poplar is not a favorite, but.......


Poplar F#m, 20.5” in length, 7/8” bore diameter. This material is excited to become a flute, instead of the predictable destiny of becoming a cardboard box. It is not one of my favorite tone woods, because it sounds too much like…..well, poplar, and by extension, like red cedar. However, I’m pleased with the end result, as to tone and visual appeal….. The fetish block is not a bird. I’m going with hybrid. I was trying to create a bear, but I think I’m stuck with gopher or possum….your choice……Sleeping Beauty mine turquoise, labradorite, Australian opal, abalone, box elder burl, and amboyna burl.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Trash Tree of Texas...


Here at the tail end of the Covid Collection, I have a G#m flute built from Mesquite. Also known as the "Trash Tree of Texas", it is living proof that Mother Nature has a sense of humor. Not being a sought after wood variety for Native American style flutes, This material's greatest contribution to mankind is probably it's willingness to become.....charcoal. That being said, it is nevertheless a little screamer, as flutes in that key tend to be. Additional materials include Mexican cocobolo, twice dyed box elder burl, Battle Mt. NV turquoise, spiny oyster, labradorite, and removable, slide off wrap of Western diamondback rattlesnake skin. The skin was harvested from the Spike Box ranch outside Benjamin TX and I tanned and dyed it to try and maintain the color scheme of the instrument, and basically just to see what would happen. Stay well, and play nice.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

 I find this instrument interesting, in that the majority of the three woods used, are referenced since the beginning of recorded history, and both are protected as a result. Specifically, Cedar of Lebanon, and Bethlehem olive. The majority of the stone inlay are labradorite, known for the healing properties of the crystals, as well as transformation and enhancement of personal strength. The flute has a 7/8" bore, is 16-5/8" inches in length, and tuned to Am @ 440Hz. A sound file will be available when it's posted to my shiny new website. In the meantime, enjoy Spring, gather responsibly, and hope the light at the end of the tunnel is not an incoming train.

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