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CUSTOM FLUTE BLOCKS
block, bird, fetish is very important to the Native American flute,
and serves two key purposes. Foremost, is that it channels and directs
the proper airflow to the thipple or cutting edge. Secondly and just
as important, the block, bird, or fetish is a reflection of the players
inner spirit or represents a totem animal or bird. Some prefer the Eagle
or the mighty Humpback whale, powerful and free. Others may feel the
power of the bear or the wild spirit of the wolf. I personally love
Raven always having fun and always playing tricks on everyone. The block
is a very creative process for me and usually the most challenging to
create. Attention to detail is the key using varied methods of burning,
carving, wood selection, beads, and painting to create the perfect match.
The block can be constructed in two ways. First a channel can be carved
in the bottom to direct the air flow thus creating a very pure tone.
Secondly the block can be created with a flat bottom and used in combination
with a Birch bark spacer. This method creates a little breathier sound
and allows the flute player varied adjustments to suite his or her playing
style. I'm always happy to help you design the perfect flute for you.
Below are some examples of my work and remember anything is possible...
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by Jeff Calavan
Special Custom Made Flute Blocks, Birds, Fetishes, Crafted to your Preference... ~Order Today~