to be born a flute ...

there is an alchemical conscience working in the invisible through 4 elements, the craftsman is an interpreter of the process,

and when it is integrated with the natural flow of raw material and participates in each stage of pregnancy, it develops the subtle art of knowing what each bamboo will be like a flute.

The craftsman's intention is shaped by the shape and nature of the material.

The latent flute awaits the presence of the Being, to manifest what it is from the beginning!

Preparation of materials

Production Steps 1

The harvest

When entering the bamboo forest, ask for permission! Offer a tobacco to Mother Earth, pray for life, and thank the Vegetable People for their ability to bestow. Harvest right at the beginning of Grandma's waning moon when the waters are low, ask the clan if you can harvest, and go out thanking the lives of these generous people. It is the South towards the wheel, it is the donor people by nature. Cut gently at a 45º angle just above the knot, so that the water will drain and not damage the root. Look for the older bamboos that are closer to the center of the cough, they must be stained with an aged appearance, they must be at least 3 or 4 years old. The older the better. 

Production Steps 2

The bath

There are many types of baths to remove starch from bamboo and reduce the possibility of infestation of microorganisms. I used a lot of chemical baths, but I was not happy due to the heavy metal disposal process. I currently work in a forest reserve with access to pure spring water. So I created bath tanks in 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.

Production Steps 3

1st Drying

When I remove the bamboo from the water, I present it to Avô Sol for a few days, but I do not leave it exposed for more than 7 days, as the ideal drying is done in the shade slowly. This is the first drying process just to drain excess water. 

Production Steps 4

2nd drying and storage

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

Production Steps 5

3rd Drying and Sealing

The last step in preparing the material for turning the flute is the final drying in the torch. Where the bamboo receives a fire bath to eliminate the last traces of water and provide a natural seal through the evaporation of resins and starches. I tend to call this moment a “fire test”, as many bamboos cannot take this test and crack. Those who survive will certainly be born as resistant flutes and literally, tested in fire. 

Bamboo NOW, wants to be The flute

We are still in the initial stage, which is the process of “preparation of materials“!

From this stage, the drilling, hot tuning, cold tuning, final sealing, finishing and assembly steps follow, which are part of the effective production process of the flute. 

If you are looking for an instrument of power and vibrational healing, know that this is our mission, and time is a value in favor, necessary for the manifestation of an instrument with Soul. 

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