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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.

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