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.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Adios Laotian Flamewood


Laotian flamewood is one of the hardest, most beautiful, and nastiest of the rosewood species on the planet. There are aspects of this build that look like they were done by a six year old, owing to the obstinance of the material. I have one chunk of wood left of this stuff, after which I'll say adios to working with it again. Ever. Tuned to D#, this oval bore flute is 22-1/4” in length. Contrasting woods include amboyna burl and Bethlehem olive, while inlay material is predominately turquoise and labradorite, with a little abalone and hematite thrown in. As we continue to run around under the cloud of Covid, please remain cautious. Extra cautious if like myself, you got a J&J vaccine. It appears the newest variant (Lambda) just laughs at this vaccine…..probably uses it for food. Stay safe and play nice.