Making a "Native american"
|The most unusual features of the Native American Courting Flute are in the two piece construction of the flute itself, the dual air chambers and the sliding tone assembly, used for optim sound quality. I imagine the two halves of the original flutes were sealed with pitch or tar to make them air tight, and then bound together with raw hide thongs. The sliding air director was usually attached with sinew, and once adjusted for the best sounding tone, no longer needed to be moved. If you are interested in seeing what some really fine instruments look like, check out the Coyote Old Man site on the web. These guys make some really beautiful instruments. I just fool around for my own amusement.|
This is one of three i have
made so far. This one is my favorite and the only one that i
modeled in three dimensional solds before i actually built it for
real with wood. As this is my third, i had made many changes
to the original design. For one thing i did not like the delicate
status of the sliding tone piece, being only tied on with
sinew, it is prone to unwanted accidental movement
and consequently would need adjustments frequetly. I am trying
to make it more permanent, experimenting with different designs for
the sound producing area of the flute.
Please excuse the unfinshed status of this page. I will complete it when i get time to build a new one and document the entire process.