Flute making and leather work are part-time but heart-felt
activities. I do not usually have an inventory of completed flutes or
bags. Commissioned assignments are always welcome.
Creation of a custom flute or flute bag should involve elements of your own vision and ideas. I stand behind my work. Any problems associated with my workmanship, will be resolved to the best of my ability.
with a new flute or bag for any reason, contact me right away. Return
it in original condition within two weeks of the purchase date after
notifying me of the situation, and I will provide a full refund of the
purchase price less shipping costs.
A customer's privacy is of the utmost importance. I do not give
out or share your telephone number, credit card information, physical
address, email addresses or any personal information.
Native American style Flutes
prices begin at $175 for a basic high-range, small bore flute with a
simple block using on-hand domestic wood without any decorative frills.
mid-range flute with a 3/4" to 1" bore, decorative end cap and/or
mouthpiece with a more elaborate bird will of course, require more time
and effort and will be priced higher. Such flutes often include
decorative elements consisting of crushed stone inlay or wood burned
images and will be priced at $300 or more, depending on the final design
and component elements.
Exotic woods, large-bore flutes and more elaborate designs will be priced accordingly.
native North American woods including Black Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Eastern Red Cedar and Cypress for flute bodies. I've created flutes using each of these plus:
English Walnut, Sycamore, Elm, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Western Cedar, Buckeye Burl, Mulberry, Locust Burl, Live Oak, spalted
Magnolia, White Cedar, Camphor, Tasmanian Blackwood, Pine and other varieties. Burls and exotic woods serve as
great accent material. I enjoy using combinations of woods offering
contrasting colors or textures.
When I started
buying Native American style flutes, I thought a bored one-piece flute
was superior. Now, with a better understand how these instruments
actually work, I'm convinced the advantages of routing individual halves
of a flute before gluing them together, are substantial. This approach
allows detailed attention to be focused on every interior surface that
has anything to do with producing the flute's music. Modern glues,
properly applied, are often stronger than the wood itself. This is
especially important when the narrow wall thickness of today's Native American style flute is
I most often use Polymerized Tung Oil,
Shellac (prepared for use using dry flakes and solvent), Lacquer or some combination of these to finish flutes. A final
hand-rubbing process using pumice or rottenstone with rubbing oil,
produces a very high quality finish.
Pricing for standard, deer hide leather flute bags starts at $225. These bags are
usually 25" to 28" long and 6" - 7" wide. They are created
using high-quality deer hide. Elk can be used for a bit more than a deer
hide bag but is significantly heavier. The bag will have a braided
leather strap and a strip of hand-cut fringe with a natural or simulated
natural edge line. Deer leather lacing is used to construct each bag.
Subject to availability (colors cited above), different color
combinations of leather can be used for the bag, fringe, strap and
lacing. Decorative elements such as crow beads of various colors, wooden
or carved latch string anchors, antler buttons or sections, wood burned
images, minimal use of acrylic paint, or some combination of these may
Highly customized and far more
elaborately constructed leather bags can created for $750 or more. An
example of a high-end bag is currently shown on the flute bag page.
If you are interested in acquiring one of my flutes or leather flute
bags, send an e-mail message with a few comments to give me an idea of
what you're considering. If I can't help personally, I will make every
effort to guide you to another flute maker.
advance deposit may be required for custom creations. Time to complete
the flute or bag depends on project complexity and my schedule. Above
all else, I insist on doing work as well as I am able. Such effort
can take time.
When the flute or bag has been
completed, I will e-mail digital photos for review and your approval
prior to final payment. The quoted price will include insured
shipping charges and for in-state Florida sales, Florida sales tax. I am able
to send PayPal invoices to facilitate payment or I can accept credit
card payments (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).