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MEDIUM SIZE FLUTES

A Perfect Size Choice For Beginners

Medium Flutes

  TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN STYLE FLUTES  
   
  Flute Key Choices: A, Bb, B, C, C#     
  The flutes on this page are the Medium Size Flutes surrounding Middle C. Their size makes them a comfortable fit for everyone (children, women, and men). They range 17" - 21" in length.  
   
     


CHOOSING YOUR FLUTE
Made Especially For You

* Listen To The Flutes
  Choose your favorite key. 
Scroll down page to hear flutes. 
   
*  Look At The Wood Choices
Choose your favorite wood.
 
Scroll down page to see wood grain closeups. 

Wood Choices
 
  Order Flute
$$175 - $300
 
 

 

CUSTOMER COMMENTS

 "I got the flute and books in great shape. As usual, the flute sounds wonderful. With any other flute maker, I would have to test each flute personally before I'd buy it. But not with you. I know that it will perform with the warmth and tonality that I need.

These flutes have rejuvenated my musical world. They have been the
missing links to my songwriting. Many thanks for your superb craftsmanship."

~~ Randy Hodge
Internet Customer
USA
Picture: Randy with his 8 flutes made by us.
Flute Player



"My flute is stunningly beautiful and the tone is rich and melodious. This is the first musical instrument I've owned that was made for me personally. How wonderful! The best to both of you."

~~ Jo Ann Green
Internet Customer
USA



 "Greetings my friend, I am overwhelmed! I love the flute. It is in the perfect key for the sound I wanted. I love the idea of being able to carry a small instrument around during our sojourns through the forests, along creeks, and during our time by a campfire,to be able to lay back under the stars and provide music for myself and others. You are never given a wish without also being given the ability to make it come true. "

~~ Steve Stapleton
Internet Customer
USA







MUSIC


Knows No Divisions

No Age Division
No Race Division
No Gender Division
No Religiuos Division

It touches the soul of EVERYONE who hears it.

I strive to be more like music.

LISTEN TO THE FLUTES
Click on the blue letter to hear that flute. 

  Medium Flutes
A Bb B C C#


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  Which Key Of Flute Touches You?
  The natural rich warm sound that comes only from an instrument made from wood, touches the soul of all those who hear it. It is our experience that each individual person has a specific key that touches them uniquely. Discovering which key calms you, is easy on our website. We have lots of flutes for you to hear.
   
  Concert Quality ~ A440 Tuned
Your flute will be tuned using an electronic tuner to ensure that it has concert quality pitch. This will enable you to play along with other instruments.
 
   
  Flute Sound Files ~ Not Electronically Altered
Our flute sound files DO NOT have any effects added to them. Our flutes sound exactly like this naturally (Clear, Crisp, Loud, Non-breathy, & No air hiss). Your flute will sound this way for you when you play it at home. Your flute will produce a rich, clean quality sound and have tremendous volume, without the use of a microphone.

LISTEN TO MORE MEDIUM SIZE FLUTES

Click Here  Key of A Native American Flute - Eastern Cedar Wood Eastern Cedar
Click Here  Key of A  Curly Cherry  Wood Curly Cherry
Click Here  Key of Bb  Sassafras Wood Sassafras 
Click Here  Key of Bb  Native American Flute - Cherry Wood Cherry 
Click Here  Key of B  Native American Flute - Birch  Wood Birch 
Click Here  Key of C   Native American Flute - Lacewood Wood Lacewood 
Click Here  Key of C Native American Flute - Eastern Cedar Wood Eastern Cedar
Click Here  Key of C Native American Flute - Birch  Wood Birch
Click Here  Key of C#  Native American Flute - Eastern Cedar Wood Eastern Cedar 

 
  Need help determining the size of flute that is a perfect fit for you? Call us ~ Phone: 1-417-535-6032. We'd love to hear from you.



CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE WOOD


Medium Size Flutes

FLUTES IN THE PICTURE
LEFT TO RIGHT
Mahogany, Padauk, Wenge, Purple Heart, Zebra Wood, Walnut, Sassafras
CENTER
Spanish Cedar
 

  Flute Tone and Wood Choice
Eastern Cedar Walnut Zebrawood Curly Maple Leopardwood Wood

The tone of your flute is determined in part by the type of wood used. The softer woods produce a warmer tone. The harder woods produce a brighter tone. Tone is not volume. Tone is the texture of the sound.
 
  The Joy of Wood Shopping
" I have a blast when we go wood shopping. I'm like a kid in a candy store. Soooooo... many beautifully grained pieces of wood to choose from. We always come away with much more wood that we went to buy. Some pieces of wood, I "just can't resist". They just beg to be made into a flute." I just "love" to go wood shopping." ~~ Lisa Fretwell 

Most of our hardwoods and exotics we purchase from a speciality store about an hour away from our home. We hand pick each piece. We look for unique and beautiful grain patterns as well as exceptional color. We purchase our Eastern Cedar wood from a local young man. He cuts and mills the cedar from here in the Ozarks. Some of our rare and exotic woods, we purchase from other sources around the country. Koa and Curly Koa we purchase directly from Hawaii.
   
  Availability of Unique Woods
Most wood will make a wonderful flute. Call us ~ Phone: 1-417-535-6032 and ask about the availability of woods not shown on our website such as: Koa, Curly Koa, Honey Mesquite, Black Mesquite, Quina, Spanish Cedar, Sapele, Quilted Sapele, Rose woods, & Quatersawn woods.

Pieces of Wood Special to You
If you have a piece of wood that's special to you, send it to us and we will make your flute from that piece.

Some of our customers go to their local wood store and choose their own piece of wood. Wood grain and color are unique to each board that is cut. Each piece of wood has it's own unique spirit. When you can see and touch the piece of wood, the spirit of the wood can talk to you.
   
  Combination Flutes
 

Wood Combinations   

We can add inlay, endcaps, or rings to your flute.

 

You choose your wood combination.


Call us (1-417-535-6032) to discuss your specialty flute and pricing.
   
  Three Commonly Asked Questions

Q: What do you use to seal the wood?
A: Over a period of several days, we apply several thin coats of non-toxic, humanly edible shellac to the outside of your flute. (It's the same shellac that is used in the food industry when making licorice candy.) After the shellac has set completely. We give your flute a mineral oil bath and we place it in the drying rack for a couple of days to dry. Clear shellac lets the natural grain pattern and color of the wood stand out. Your flute will have a soft shine.
 
Q: Can you still smell the wood after it's sealed?
A: Yes, the inside of your flute will not be sealed. So you can still smell the aroma of the flute.
 
 Q: What woods are the most aromatic?
A: Eastern Cedar, Western Cedar, Sassafras, Walnut, Cherry, and Padauk. (Padauk smells like Vanilla.)
 Aromatic Cedar Western Cedar Sassafras Walnut Cherry Padauk

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Need to transport or store your flute?
.We can make you a Leather Fringed Bag.

Native American Flute Bag
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 WOOD GRAIN CLOSEUPS AND PRICING
 
Natural Colors and Grain Patterns
We have taken great care with our website images so that they are a good representation of the "true" color and grain patterns of the wood choices we offer. Wood naturally varies from piece to piece. The grain pattern and the shade of the color are things that vary slightly from piece to piece. The colors of the woods you see in our website images are what the wood looks like, naturally. We do not stain our flutes.
 
Medium Size Flute Prices
Flute prices are determined by the size of the flute, the cost of the raw wood to us, and the wear and tear on our equipment by the harder woods.

We have 5 categories of pricing.

 $175 Cedar Woods 
 $200 Domestic Woods - USA 
 $225 Imported Woods and X-tra Hard Domestic Woods 
 $250 Curly and Highly Figured Grain Woods - (Domestic and Imported) 
 $300 Rare Woods 

*All amounts are listed in United States Dollars (USD)


Cedar - Eastern

 Cedar - Western

Ash 

Ash - Curly 

Birch 

$175

$175

$200

$250

$200
 Eastern Cedar Wood Western Cedar Wood  Ash  Wood Curly Ash Wood Native American Flute - Birch  Wood

Birch - Flame Bloodwood Bubinga Bubinga -Pomelle  Canary Wood
$250 $225  $225 $250 $225
Flame Birch Wood Bloodwood Bubinga Wood Bubinga Pomelle Wood Canary Wood

Cherry  Cherry - Curly Juniper  Lacewood Leopardwood
$200  $250  $200 $225 $225
Cherry Wood Curly Cherry  Wood Lacewood Wood Leopardwood Wood

 Mahogany Maple Maple - Curly Osage Orange Padauk
$225  $200 $250 $225 $225
Mahogany Wood Maple  Wood Curly Maple  Osage Orange - bois d'arc Wood Padauk Wood

Red Heart Sassafras Sitka Spruce Walnut Walnut - Curly
$225  $200  $200  $200  $250
Redheart Wood Sassafras Wood Sitka Spruce Wood Walnut Wood Curly Walnut Wood

Yellow Heart Oak - Red Oak - White  
$225     $200    $200  
YellowheartWood Native American Flute - Red Oak Wood



Red Oak can be the same color tone as white oak or it can have a pink/red hue to it. Each board is unique.
White Oak Wood

What differentiates a piece of white oak from a piece of red oak is the "Tick Marks". White Oak has long lines as tick marks. Red Oak has short lines as tick marks.
 

Pink Ivory Purple Heart Zebra Wood Kingwood
 $300  $225  $225 $225
 Pink Ivory Wood

 Pink Ivory Wood

Pink Ivory has many shades of pink, salmon and pink/orange. Each piece of wood is unique. 
Purple Heart Wood

Purple Heart Wood

Purple Heart darkens the longer that is it exposed to air and sunlight. 
Zebrawood

Zebrawood

Zebra Wood has two distinct grain patterns depending on the part of the tree that the board is cut from. Each board is unique. 
Kingwood Wood

Kingwood Wood

Kingwood Wood

Kingwood has two distinct grain patterns (Swirls and Stripes). The color tone can be a purple/brown or a blonde/brown. Each board is unique. 



F.Y.I.
5 Hole Flute vs 6 Hole Flute
We can make you a 5 hole flute but, we prefer a 6 hole flute. Let me explain why.
The Open Hole Fingering Minor Pentatonic Scale is played exactly the same on a 6 hole flute and a 5 hole flute. The difference is, on a 6 hole flute you keep the 3rd hole from the top covered all the time.
As you progress in your playing, you will want the benefit of being able to use the additional hole on a 6 hole flute.






FLUTE BUILDING AND DELIVERY TIMES
Your flute will be made especially for you when you place your order. Building your flute takes 3-4 weeks. Transit time in shipping is dependant on your country's postal system and customs clearance process. We will email you with the tracking information when we ship your flute.

Flute Arrival To You

U.S.A.  4-5 weeks
Africa 5-6 weeks
Australia 5-6 weeks
Canada 5-6 weeks
Czech Republic 6-7 weeks
Denmark  4-5 weeks 
France  6-7 weeks
Germany  5-6 weeks
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
5-6 weeks
Ireland 5-6 weeks
Italy 5-6 weeks
Netherlands 5-6 weeks
New Zealand 4-5 weeks
Spain  4-5 weeks
Sweden  4-5 weeks
Switzerland 4-5 weeks
All Other Countries 4-7 weeks

  International (non-U.S.A.) Transit Time

The delivery speed of the postal system in your country and the customs clearance time in your country determine how long your flute is in transit.
 
     





SHIPPING AND HANDLING FEES

We use the U.S. Mail System to ship our products. We ship using the Priority Mail and Priority Mail International Service. This provides tracking and insurance.   Jerry Fretwell - Post Office

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COUNTRY SHIPPING FEE
   
U.S.A.  $15
Africa 

 $44
Australia $46
Czech Republic $45
Denmark  $40
France  $38
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
$45
Ireland $40
Italy $40
Netherlands $38
New Zealand $44
Spain  $40
Sweden  $44
Switzerland $38
All Other Countries $40

International Orders : Shopping Cart : Shipping Fee

International customers who use our online shopping cart will be charged a SPLIT shipping fee. At checkout, the $15 base fee will be charged. After you place your order, we will email you an invoice for the balance of the shipping fee. This amount will be the difference between the $15 you pay at time of check out and the actual cost to ship to your country.

We use a simple inexpensive online shopping cart service. It can not calculate multiple country shipping charges.

This simple shopping cart keeps our costs down and allows us to pass the savings onto you. We apologize for the inconvenience of having to split up the shipping fee.





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Order By Phone: 1-417-535-6032
 
 




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