Making a flute

  • Raw wood

    Our precious wood is stored for many years until it can be used to make flutes.

  • Selection

    Only the best wood is used – spiral-grained branches (right) are discarded

  • Workpiece

    A blank is turned into a roughly round workpiece

  • Impregnation

    The rounded and drilled workpieces are soaked and impregnated with hot linseed oil.

  • Bore

    The bore is made with a reamer

  • Preliminary turning

    A lathe is used for the preliminary turning

  • Turning

    The shape is turned roughly on the turning lathe.

  • Final turning

    The final shape is turned and then sanded down
  • Staining

    First staining process using acid and alkaline

  • Staining and surface

    Second staining process using plant dyes and covering with violin varnish

  • Violin varnish

    Several different processes of applying violin varnish and hardening it under UV light

  • Finger holes

    The position and size of the finger holes are crucial

  • Cutting out the windway

    The windway is cut out

  • Labium

    Labium is cut
  • Block

    The block is fitted and then the recorder is played in and adjusted several times

  • Keys

    Our keys are generally made from silver and are intricately fitted by hand with utmost precision

  • Embouchure

    The embouchure is made using a knife and file with extreme precision- a very tricky process

  • Stamp

    Only perfect instruments are stamped with the sign of a unicorn
  • Measurement control and trying-out

    Measurement control is always necessary, even on finished instruments. Finished instruments are played and then reworked