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Hello all. I recently started coming back to things I enjoyed before life took over. I've also discovered some things I didn't know I knew. Besides teh normal honey-do list of making shutters and beds and backyard structures, I've also discovered that I like to make flutes. Native American style flutes. My "woodshop" if you could even call it that, had really dwindled down to about nothing. Now I have a small band saw, a couple of routers, table saw, circular saw, along with an assortment of hand tools like planes, spokeshaves, etc.

I make the flutes with a router which is how I happened to find you all. I don't have a lathe. So I split the stock, route the slow air chamber and main bore in matching halves, build the sound-creating parts with small drills and rifler files, then rejoin the 2 halves. Then I take the square blank and have to make it round like a flute so I made a jig to hold the blank and my router sits on top. I turn the blank by hand between 2 "centers" and slowly advance the router. Then I just have to figure out where to put the finger holes and tune it up! :)

Probably more than you needed to know by way of introduction, but there you have it. Very glad to find this place and all these nice folks from whom I hope to learn more.

Charlie
 

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Great going Charlie. Sounds like a lot of work to make these flutes. BUT it sounds like you have found another use for the router. Like a lathe maybe. Could you post a picture of one of your finished flutes? You are right, a nice group of folks here on this forum. Glad you joined our ever expanding group.

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Dr Zook I liked your signature. We flutemakers say there's 2 kinds of wood. Flutewood and firewood. :)

let's see if I can get a picture in here... might be too big... not sure...
It shows my very first flute at the bottom, the one in the middle is newer, and the top one is a style almost lost but being taught to me by a Lakota Sioux who is now disabled and won't be making flutes any more... sadly...
 

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Hello, Charlie. Welcome to the forums! It's great to have you.
 

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Great looking flutes Charlie, and to be taught by a Native American also. Keep up the good work.

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