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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 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.


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