to be born a flute ...

there is an alchemical awareness working in the invisible through the elements, the craftsman is an interpreter of the process and when he is integrated into the natural flow of the raw material, participating in each stage of gestation, he develops the subtle art of perceiving what each bamboo will be like as a flute . The craftsman's intent is shaped by the shape and nature of the material, just as the material is shaped by the craftsman's hands.

Preparation of materials

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The harvest

Upon entering the bamboo grove we ask for permission, we bow and thank you! We offer tobacco to Mother Earth and Father Sky, we pray for Life, and we thank the Plant People for their ability to give. The harvest is done at the beginning of Grandma Moon's waning cycle, when the waters are low, we ask the clan if we can harvest. This Standing People belongs to the southern axis of the wheel of sweet Amerindian medicine and is the natural donor people. We cut it gently just above the knot, so the water runs off and doesn't spoil the root. We looked for the oldest bamboos that are in the center of the clump, they must be stained with an aged appearance, they must be at least 3 or 4 years old. The older the better.

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The bath

There are many types of baths to remove the starch from the bamboo and reduce the possibility of micro-organism infestation. We used a lot of chemical baths, but we weren't happy due to the process of disposing of heavy metals. We currently work in a forest reserve with access to pure spring water. So we use bathing tanks under running water without the need to use chemicals, simply leaving the harvested bamboos immersed for 15 to 30 days in pure spring water running over them.

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1st Drying

When we remove the bamboos from the water, we present them to Grandpa Sol for a few days, but not leaving them exposed for more than 15 days, as the ideal drying is done slowly in the shade. This is the first drying process just to drain off excess water.

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2nd drying and storage

The bamboos are placed on the shelf in a horizontal position and away from each other to breathe. They spend at least 6 months drying in the shade and with low air humidity. At this stage, the longer the bamboo is stored, the better it will sound in the future. It is a natural maturation process.

3rd Drying and Sealing

The last step in preparing the material to become a flute is the final drying on a blowtorch. Where bamboo receives a fire bath to eliminate the last traces of water and provide a natural seal through the evaporation of resins and starches. We call this process “fire test”, because many bamboos don't stand the test and crack. Those who survive will certainly be born as resistant flutes and literally, tested in fire.

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Production Phase

The production stage begins by choosing the ideal bamboo for each type of flute and tuning, bamboo tells us which flute it wants to be and we try to follow it. After the lengthy choice, we proceed to cleaning, sanding, drilling, hot tuning, cold tuning, final sealing, finishing, assembly and secrets that are part of our flute creation process. See below images of some processes in our workshop. Come create your flute in our studio, we serve individually or small groups. Contact by email.

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