INSTRUMENT QUALITY WOOD
Having worked with wood for 7 years and as a sales manager for six hardwood mills for another 12 years, I've learned that all wood is not created equal. If you take the time to research guitars, for instance, you will find several models of guitars that look similar but vary greatly in price. This is no mystery; what you are paying extra for is the premium grade instrument quality wood usually harvested from old growth trees. The tighter and older the grain pattern the mellower and richer the resonance.
The same is true with flutes. You will find that a flute made of tight old growth vertical grain wood will sound more mellow and will resonant better compared to a similar flute made of second growth fiber, which will sound dull. This is very important to a player who appreciates the richness of sound as well as the visual appearance.
I believe in using environmentally friendly wood, I have spent a great
deal of time working to find recycled wood to make my flutes with. Over
the years, I have been able to find sources that allow me to stock several
types of old growth recycled wood with unique appearances and outstanding
musical qualities. This fiber comes from old wooden covered bridges,
beams from old mills, and even old barns. This wood is not easy to get
and is reserved only for the Oregon Flute Store's Custom Shoptm flutes.
When you order a custom flute from the Custom Flute Shop tm,
you will be able to hand pick the species of your choice and rest assured
that you are bringing a piece of the ancient past to the present, thus
restoring the spirit of the tree.
Jeff Calavan, Flute Maker