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SPECIALTY FLUTES

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Specialty Flutes
 

ENDCAPS

 

 
INLAY

 


RINGS


INLAY, ENDCAPS, RINGS, OR WOOD BURNINGS

Choose one of our favorite combination flutes or combine any woods that you like. Your flute can have inlay, endcaps, rings, and wood burnings.

SEND US YOUR PIECE OF WOOD
If you have a piece of wood that is special to you, send it to us and we will make you a flute from it. It generally takes 6-12 months to air dry a piece of fresh cut wood before we can work it. Walnut Wood must be kiln dried.

COMPLEMENTARY FLUTES
Choose two flutes that are tuned to play in harmony with each other.

SPECIAL TUNINGS AND PITCH ALTERNATIVES
Choose a flute that has a "special tuning". Our standard tuning is A440. However, we can tune your flute to any tuning that you prefer. Over the years, the most common requests for alternate tunings have been: A430, A432, A444, A450. There is a lot of information available for you to read regarding the healing properties and history of these alternate tunings. Do some research if you are considering an alternate tuning.

"The A used by most symphony and opera orchestras today for uniform tuning ranges between 440 hertz, or cycles per second, to 444 hertz. By comparison, in 1740, Handel favored an A pitched at 422 hertz. Mozart, in 1780, tuned to an A at 421.6 hertz. The French standardized their A at 435 hertz in 1858. A little more than 20 years later, Verdi succeeded in getting a bill passed by the Italian Parliament to tune at A 432 hertz.

In 1938, an international standard for A was set at 440 hertz, but the pitch continued to rise. The New York Philharmonic, under Zubin Mehta, tunes to an A at 442 hertz, as does the Chicago under Georg Solti and the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa. In Berlin, orchestras tune to an A around 448 hertz. In Moscow, the symphony's pitch is even higher, near 450 hertz." ... www.nytimes.com
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"Hi Lisa and Jerry,

It is with deep gratitude that I write to confirm the safe arrival of my beautiful flute. I can hardly believe how beautiful the instrument feels and sounds. Its harmonic tone is just wonderful and I am very appreciative of the guide books and CD, which are very user friendly. I have also appreciated your excellent service. Thank you, thank you. My sincere thanks and deepest gratitude"

~Megan Johnstone
Internet Customer
Melbourne Victoria
Australia
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You Choose A Wood Combination   Order your specialty flute. Phone: 1-417-535-6032

   Ash  WoodNative American Flute - Birch  WoodBloodwoodBubinga WoodCanary WoodCherry Wood Eastern Cedar Wood
Kingwood WoodLeopardwood WoodMahogany WoodMaple  Wood Osage Orange - bois d'arc WoodPadauk Wood Pink Ivory WoodPurple Heart Wood
Redheart WoodSassafras WoodWalnut WoodWestern Cedar WoodWhite Oak Wood
YellowheartWoodZebrawood
Curly Ash WoodCurly Cherry  WoodCurly Walnut WoodFlame Birch WoodBubinga Pomelle Wood

Ash
Birch
Bloodwood
Bubinga
Canary Wood
Cherry
Eastern Cedar
Juniper
Kingwood
Leopardwood
Mahogany
Maple
Osage Orange
Padauk
Pink Ivory
Purple Heart
  Red Heart
Red Oak
Sassafras
Walnut
Western Cedar
White Oak
Yellowheart
Zebra Wood

Curly Ash
Curly Cherry
Curly Maple
Curly Walnut
Flame Birch
Pomelle Bubinga
Wood grain closeups are shown at the bottom of this page.

You Choose A Wood Burning
 

Order your specialty flute.
Phone: 1-417-535-6032
     
Wood Burning  

A wood burning accents your flute with your individual personality. Choose a burning that is descriptive of your life. Such as: Feathers, Birds, Animals, A Name, A Saying etc.  





Play Along With A Friend
 

Order your specialty flutes.
Phone: 1-417-535-6032
     

Jerry and Lisa Fretwell
 

Complementary flutes make it easy to make music with a friend.


* Tuned To The Same Key
or
* Tuned To Harmony Keys



 Hear Duets
Flutes Played
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.Same Key - One Octave Pitch Difference - ( Key of D)
....Bass Size Flute and..Small Size Flute
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.Harmony Keys
....Bass Size Flute ( Key of C ) and .Medium Size Flute ( Key of A )
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Send Us Your Wood
 

Order your specialty flute.
Phone: 1-417-535-6032
     

 

* Send us your special piece of wood and we will craft your flute from it.

* Fresh Cut Wood - It generally takes 6-12 months to air dry before we can work it.

* Walnut Wood - Must be kiln dried.





 A Special Family of Flutes

 This is a family of four flutes crafted for Jeffrey Willey from unique cherry wood that he cut.


Read about the History of this Wood.

Click on pictures.





 Wood Grain Closeups

Cedar - Eastern Cedar - Western 

Ash 

Ash - Curly 

Birch  

 Eastern Cedar Wood

Western Cedar Wood

 Ash  Wood

Curly Ash Wood

Native American Flute - Birch  Wood

Birch - Flame

 Bloodwood

Bubinga

Bubinga -Pomelle 

Canary Wood

Flame Birch Wood

Bloodwood

Bubinga Wood

Bubinga Pomelle Wood

Canary Wood

Cherry

 Cherry - Curly

Juniper 

Leopardwood

Mahogany

Cherry Wood

Curly Cherry  Wood

Leopardwood Wood

Mahogany Wood

 Maple

Maple - Curly

Osage Orange

Padauk

Red Heart

Maple  Wood

 Osage Orange - bois d'arc Wood

Padauk Wood

Redheart Wood

Sassafras

Walnut

Walnut - Curly

Yellow Heart

Sassafras Wood

Walnut Wood

Curly Walnut Wood

YellowheartWood

Oak - Red

Oak - White
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

 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. 


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.






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

Buckskin Leather Bag
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