Dedicated to creating quality flutes that reflect your personality through hand selected woods like Amboyna Burl, Aromatic Cedar, Black Cherry, Black Walnut, Black Willow, Jarrah, Maple (curly, spalted, burl), Myrtle, Narra, Western Red Cedar, Padauk, Alaskan Yellow Cedar Burl, Ancient Kauri, Buckeye Burl and many more. Currently I am taking custom orders, focusing on making a special flute for you based on your needs. Each flute is taken through a process that ensures it will call out to you. Contact me for details All flutes are created by Jim Davis soley

Friday, February 23, 2007

Low G BHF Finished

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I applied the final finish and polished it up today, I normally finish my flutes is tung oil with a beeswax finish but this time I thought I would try a high gloss clear coat finish polished to a glass like finish. The pictures do not do the finish justice.

Visually it's very stunning and I like the look of the high gloss finish really bringing the colors and grain of the wood out but I'm torn because it gives the flute a "plastic" like feel. With the tung oil and beeswax finish it retains that wood feel that I like, keeping the connection with the spirit of the wood. I guess it's a sacrifice either way giving up one for the other.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Low G, BHF Series

I found a left over piece of 4x4 western red cedar from my boys cabin and thought I would try a large bore flute. At 33inches total length 1 3/4 inch bore and 27 inch bore length, this would test the limits of my boring skills.

Shown with Mid F flute for comparison

The cedar is accented with black walnut and finished with tung oil to bring out the grain of the wood, once dry I will finish it in a durable high gloss clearcoat finish.

What does BHF stand for? Big Honkin' Flute. I'm already planning to go bigger for the next one.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Western Red Cedar with Jarrah

Cedar can be one of the nicest, yet modest woods to work with, it can also be difficult. Being a very soft wood you need to have very sharp tools and make every cut accurate as mistakes can happen very easy with the slightest of errors. Cedar can range in many colors from whitish yellow to red and browns.

The clean lines and red Jarrah accents Deerskin and matching beads make this flute stand out without being over the top. I have tried a Poly Urethane finish as opposed to tung oil and beeswax to help brighten the grain in the wood.