Native American Style Birds Eye Maple Flutes by Laughing Crow

Native American Style Drone Flutes made from Birds Eye Maple. You can bring your own accompaniment with you. Either play as a double or as a single. Wonderfully haunting sound.

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Birds Eye Drone Flutes Available With or Without Double Inlay

Created from Bird's Eye Maple, which grows in the northern US and Canada. I read somewhere that the trees that get less sunshine are more likely to have this kind of figure. Bird's Eye Maple is scarce. Most of the logs are bought up by the veneer makers, so lumber is hard to find and expensive. However, I feel that it makes for beautiful instruments. The Maple is hard and gives a good tone. I make these flutes in plain and inlaid versions.
The top photo is of an F#m Double Inlaid Drone. The bottom photo is of a Dm Drone without inlay. I am making them more in the shape of the bottom flute now. The Dm is big, but the Gm, F#m and Em are not quite as bulky. They're much more svelte. 
You can play this flute as a single flute or by simply moving your lips over the second hole, you can add accompaniment to your own playing. The drone side plays the fundamental, or the low note of the scale. If one over blows just right, the drone side can jump up an octave, so you can have either a high note or a low note to accompany your melodies.
I have designed the mouthpiece so that it's easy to play the melody side alone without having to worry about accidentally playing the drone side when accompaniment is not desired. This mouthpiece is very comfortable for most players, but if you want it flat, just let me know and I'll make it that way.


If you're interested in either getting started on the right foot with the Native American flute or feel you want to learn more about playing techniques, you might want to check out "Understanding the Gift" by John Vames.

Listen to sound samples of the Drone Flutes that I make. Click to hear a GmF#mEm and Dm drone

Be sure and check out the measurements below to make sure your choice will fit.

Click Here to See Average Flute Sizes

Description:

This flute may not always be in stock, but if you order one, I will begin work ASAP. If you need to inquire about the flute that you want, you may email me at crowflutes@aol.com or call toll free (520)237-5312.
More photos of previous creations, below.
As with all my Laughing Crow Flutes, your satisfaction is unconditionally guaranteed. If you're not happy with a Laughing Crow flute you may return it for any reason whatsoever within the first 30 days. Otherwise, the standard warranty against defects in materials and workmanship is one year.

Detail of the Inlay Birds Eye Maple Drone Flute by Laughing Crow

Close Up of the Inlay.

Detail of the Mouthpiece Birds Eye Maple Drone Flute

Close Up of the Mouthpiece.

Description:

Each Laughing Crow Bird's Eye Maple flute is sealed with Danish Oil and finished with at least four coats of clear acrylic polyurethane. This finish strengthens the wood and makes it more durable as well as waterproof. The finish also protects the wood from UV rays which will cause the wood to change color unless otherwise protected. I have meticulously tuned these flutes with a digital tuner. This means that you can play along with other instruments and be in tune with them, also known as 'concert tuning'. The flutes pictured are examples of the different variations in grain. Yours will probably be slightly different. However, be assured that I hand pick the wood that these instruments are created from and use only the most beautiful and perfect pieces that I can find. 
I am confident that you will be not only more than satisfied with the tone from my Native American style Bird's Eye Maple flutes, I also know that this flute will stand head and shoulders above anything comparably priced. The tone will compare with the best flutes because it is one of the best. I guarantee it. This flute is made with the same precision, voicing, tuning and care that I give to all my flutes. This Native American style flute is a great value. Take advantage of this opportunity and get yourself a professional quality Laughing Crow flute that you will be happy to play for a lifetime.  As with all Laughing Crow Wooden Flutes, this flute comes with a free felt case.

List of different keyed flutes and their average sizes for Laughing Crow Drone flutes.

These sizes are all average. The hole spacing and hole sizes are the maximum used. Some holes are a bit smaller and some hole spacings are slightly larger than what is listed. It's up to you to decide if your hands can fit these flutes. The lower pitches are bigger and longer. It's a matter of physics. I understand that lots of folks want the lower pitches, but if you want lower, it's going to be bigger. The list starts at the higher pitches and goes lower as you go down the list. I hope this helps you determine the size that you can handle.

  • Gm Drones - Length=22" Distance to furthest hole=16 1/2" Hole Spacing=1 3/4" (farthest two holes) Hole Size=3/8" Width=2 3/4" Thickness=1 1/2"

  • F#m Drones -Length=24" Distance to furthest hole=18 1/2" Hole Spacing=1 3/4" (farthest two holes) Hole Size=3/8" Width=2 3/4" Thickness=1 1/2"

  • Em Drones - (The size that can be difficult for some hands.) Length=26" Distance to furthest hole=18 1/2" Hole Spacing=1 3/4" (farthest two holes) Hole Size=3/8" Width=2 3/4" Thickness=1 1/2"

  • Dm Drones - (The size that can be difficult for some hands. It is also a fairly large and somewhat heavy instrument.) Length=26" Distance to furthest hole=18 1/2" Hole Spacing=1 1/2" (farthest two holes) Hole Size=3/8" Width=3 1/4" Thickness=2"

Instructional Materials and Upgrades

This Flute Comes With a Free Felt Flute Bag and and a Materials and Workmanship Warranty for One Year

Understanding the Gift Native American Flute Book by John Vajes

"Understanding the Gift" by John Vames

The very best resource for learning how to play. Written by a music educator. $29.95

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