Sunday, September 13, 2009

Black Walnut Flute/Hawk Flute

Black Walnut Hawk Flute

Today I am posting some photographs of a Flute I made from Black Walnut.....click on the photographs to enlarge for a more detailed view.

I started out this project with a self challenge of constructing the flute in such a way that I could have a solid piece of Walnut at the end of the flute to carve the Hawk head into.

I routed out the slow air chamber and the sound chamber carefully to leave the last 3 inches solid when the two halves of the flute were glued back together and when finished I drilled 4 holes just behind the carved Hawk head to allow for the exit of air and sound from the sound chamber.

The next task was to carve a simple Hawk head for the Block, which I carved out of some Aromatic Red Cedar and placed a black glass seed bead in for the eye.

The flute was then tuned to the key of G, given several coats of tounge oil to seal the wood ,then rubbed silky smooth with 0000 steel wool and given 3 coats of paste wax to seal out any moisture.

Close up of the end you blow on with Hawk Head Block


Close up of carved Hawk Head



7 comments:

Julie said...

Its lovely, you do wonderful work.

Carolyn said...

What a stunningly beautiful piece of work. The detail of the hawk's head is quite amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings and smiles

vnv4 said...

First, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. My niece is married to a Pomo and I am going to send them a link to your blog; your art work is stunning. A big thanks for allowing us to see your work. :)

Judith HeartSong said...

oh the carving is gorgeous! This is a masterpiece.

Dimple said...

I don't have the right words to describe how beautiful I think this flute is. I can only imagine how it must sound when played.

Janie said...

Beautiful flute and hawk's head, a great work of art.

Rainwater said...

Hey Eaglesbrother! Love the flute!! Just had some folks in about 3 weeks ago looking for one. Drum Circle tomorrow night! Come if you can make it. Would LOVE to see ya!