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.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

.....Three woods, and lots of labradorite


And the primary wood is pretty special. New Zealand Kauri is about as big around as a house and still grows there. This kauri was harvested from a tree that fell over, and into a peat bog, about 50,000 years ago. This material costs between $70.00 and $140.00 per board foot. By contrast, Eastern red cedar costs between 25 cents and 5 dollars per board foot. The wood is too pricy to fiddle around with in terms of build experiments. The other two woods are macassar ebony and SE Asian amboyna burl. The world’s most expensive burl wood. The remaining components include labradorite, Mexican boulder opal, turquoise, Sri Lanka sapphires, abalone, Brazilian topaz….and more labradorite. The instrument is tuned to Fm, and is 22-1/8 inches in length. As always, play nice with one another, and remain Covid cautious.  

Monday, September 06, 2021

The bird potential lunch

 So about 12 years ago, I cut some live edge amboyna Burl, and had a tiny scrap left over. I thought then….maybe I can make something with this someday. I stumbled across it once or twice a year since then. I just finished a flute of Oklahoma red cedar, and used that scrap as part of the block, and it tells a story. The latest flute still has a bird, but in this case, the bird is potential lunch. It also has a cat, stalking the bird. Cats will stalk animals smaller than themselves, even if they’re not hungry. I guess it’s just a fun thing to do. The assemblage was somewhat fragile, so I stabilized it with crushed Arizona turquoise and chrysocolla, and created two birds, and two cats….figuring somebody will eventually break one or both of them. While fooling with it, I set the second bird up on the butt of the cat, and the visual got me laughing so hard I almost pee’d myself…..I’m entertained easily. Anyway, if you find yourself in a bar fight, and your only weapon is this flute, please remove the block before mixing it up. If you are in a bar, and pull out the flute to improvise a little tune,…I guarantee you’ll find yourself in a bar fight. Ingredients include Mexican boulder opal, Mexican fire opal, Australian opal, garnet, faceted African cognac diamonds, abalone, labradorite and turquoise……In the meantime, Covid 19 is making a return engagement where I live, it’s got a new cast of characters and the same deadly plot twists. Get vaccinated and stay Covid cautious.#Nativeamericanstyle #querenciawoodwinds