The Creation of Silver Fipple Flutes
My interest in making flutes started after taking a trip to Machu Piccu. One of the tour guides played a Kena Flute at the ruins of Sacsuayhuaman, Peru. It was a transforming experience. The sound carried across the valley and echoed throughout the ruins. Later, the guide took us to a flute maker and I purchased my first flute. This experience led me to the 6-hole Irish tin whistle flute. It was not only easy to learn how to play, but it was also a lot of fun.
Over the years, I have acquired a large collection of flutes from many countries. The one that stood out from them all was the Thin Weasel in D made of Cocobolo wood by the late Glen Schultz Sr. It was an Irish Simple System “Key of D” wood flute (6 - holes). At the time I paid US$300, which now seems like a bargain, as they are currently selling for around $500.00 apiece. Mr. Schultz’ craftsmanship of the Thin Weasel flute has made me a very passionate supporter of this stunning instrument ever since.
This flute set the standard for my venture into developing my Silver Fipple Flute. It doesn't require as much muscle in the upper octave. If you're thinking of spending $100+ on a handmade whistle, you might want to check this one out. They are made from exotic wood such as: African Boxwood, Rosewood, Ironwood, Brazilian Walnut, Gidgee, Red Lacewood, European Boxwood, Mopane, Tamboti, Tasmanian, and Cocobolo Wood.
There are many hours of fine work in my flutes. I believe that every flute must be made well enough to last many generations. My aim at all times is to make the finest flute, with the best materials and the best methods I can, and certainly to make instruments that will continue to function as long as there is a need for Irish flutes.
All the best,