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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.

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.  

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