Building your own flute is a journey within reach for everyone who has the ability to use their hands. The Native American Flute is one of the most pleasant sounding wind instruments to play and one that anyone who has the interest and desire to play can learn. Building your own flute whether it be for personal satisfaction or because you want to build them and sell them to the public is truly a satisfying project. Not everyone one has the space, time or money to have a workshop that allows you to create the supplies you will need to build your own flute.
Teton Marketing specializes in providing the flute maker with some of the best old growth wood to complete your project. Mostl of the wood we use is indigenous to North America, with some exotics. All the leather accents we craft on our flutes come from hand selected Buffalo and Elk hides. Save yourself some time, money and space by ordering from Teton Marketing just what you need for your next flute project.
Computer Controlled CNC Router Cut Flute Blanks
We are excited to further our journey in providing the best quality flute blank for the flute craftsman around the world. We have been working hard to create the most consistent made product available making your job as a flute builder an easier task. We have spent many hours designing and modeling the perfect flute blank kit using the latest in technology to assist us in perfecting the process. We are in production as we write this and we are excited to share with you the good news. Our computer modeled flute blanks will have features not seen before in flute making.
We will be offering blanks in two lengths and three bore sizes to start with. Our standard blank lengths will be 24" inches and 30" inches in length. Our three initial bore sizes will be 3/4", 7/8" and 1" inch in diameter to start with. Custom blanks in 1 1/8", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" are available by custom order at this time. We will be crafting these blanks in all species that meet our specifications. The advantages of a computer controlled cutting paths and laser cutting is an easy no brainer. Our flute blanks will come ready to complete with little if any sanding being required prior to sealing the inside of your flute before glue-up. Consistency in flute bores down to an accuracy of .0025 of an inch guarantees a clean consistent bore path. In addition we are introducing a new design in alignment that will help make the glue-up of the two halves an easier process while almost guaranteeing a perfect alignment of the two halves making it easier to clamp. All flute blanks listed on our site will be clearly marked if they are CNC created.
Subscribe to our blog "3 Feathers Flutes" and stay up to date on all new things coming your way. We will still be crafting many of our blank sets by hand using new highly accurate plunge routers and refined proprietary jigs. Not all stock is suitable for a computer controlled routing so we now have all bases covered. Price points for the new CNC produced blank kits will have a small premium attached but the man hours you will save in the completion of your flute will more than off-set this small premium.
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Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Beautiful 1st Generation, old growth very nice tight vertical grained Alaskan Yellow Cedar in stock pre-bored blanks ready to ship. If you are looking for some nice Alaskan Yellow Cedar blanks contact us as soon as you can as this material goes fast. You can save a substantial amount on shipping by ordering more than one blank at a time. Generally you will find that shipping for the second blank will not add a significant amount to the total shipping cost. Building a flute out of this kind of material simply makes for some of the nicest Native American Styles flutes your will ever make. We offer Alaskan Yellow Cedar blanks in two standard sizes. All of our blanks are cut from rough sawn 8/4 stock and is surfaced on all four sides prior to shipment.
Port Orford Cedar
We have ready to ship old growth Port Orford Cedar pre-glued flute blank sets. Color and grain patterns are very nice and consistent with good tonal quality. All of our Port Orford Cedar comes from old growth, first generation cut timber. All POC lumber shipped is Select Grade, virtually no knots in any of our boards. This POC mills beautifully and finishes perfect. If you are planning to craft a Native American Styled flute check out our POC.
Old Growth Black Walnut
Although black walnut can be found pretty much throughout the United States there are pockets of some really unique walnut that offers the flute maker some very cool coloring in their blanks. Most of our black walnut is individually selected by us and it comes from the eastern slope of the Colorado Rockies. The trees that are being salvaged today were planted in most cased around the time of the Oregon Trail. These trees were not indigenous to this region yet they thrived once planted. Mostly planted around the University of Colorado at Boulder and the farms that popped up all over the eastern slopes - these trees were prized for the shade they provided around the farms. Today they are old, some are sick, some are the victims of development and others are simply cut down because they have become too big. They are harvested and flitch cut and then air dried for several years before they are ready. Colors can vary depending on what soil they grew in with colors ranging from the traditional black walnut color, reddish colorings, to mixed light browns and even some very white sap wood coloring. The picture to the right is a set of Black Walnut Blanks selected by a client in Canada. This picture if representative of the walnut we seek to gather.
Blank Grading System
Because old growth and old growth reclaimed lumber can vary from board to board we are implementing a grading system here in our shop to help better describe the characteristics of individual blanks and blank packages. The goal is to provide you with some sort of measure as to how we view a individual blank stock. To try and keep things simple we have created 4 very simple labels that will help you with selection, in addition to any product descriptions and picture provided. Blank stock that we think is the best of the best will receive the higher mark and price points will be set accordingly. Some of the lumber we know that we have coming in may be the only time we will ever see it in our lifetimes and such they will command the higher grade and price point. We will be phasing in this grading system as we add new flute blank stock. If you have question give us a call.
- A-1 - Blanks with this grading will be in our opinion the best of the best. This will include very rare, hard to find wood stock. Exceptional coloring and grain patterns and usually these will be matched blanks sets or render matched sets from a solid blanks or boards.
- A -Blanks with this grading will be in our opinion blanks with great flute making characteristics. Not necessarily one of a kind stock but very very nice old growth timber. Blanks within this grade may also be book matched or side by side matched from a single board. Most of our Alaskan Yellow Cedar and our Port Orford Cedar will carry this grading.
- B - Blanks with this grading will be very nice blanks that are generally not matched. Most of the time they will be blanks from the same board but not booked matched sets.
- C - Blanks with this grading may have some imperfections such as tight knots, or other blemishes. This does not mean they are not nice blanks - depending on what your are looking for these imperfections may add just the character you are looking for.
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