Available flutes
The flutes below are currently available for purchase. Each flute is made to the same exacting standards and quality as all the custom ones I have made over the past 17 years. Each is unique and handcrafted on my guiding principles that the quality of the sound of the flute is paramount, as is the voicing, how responsive and expressive the flute is, how easy it is to play, and how it's energies work with player and listeners. For the moment, I am only making blocks from my basic list of standard blocks (see the Artwork and Blocks page), simply because much of the lung and throat health-related problems came in part from hours spent carving intricate custom blocks, which, enjoyable as it is, no amount of industrial mask and dust extraction systems can ever wholly mitigate. However, I will hopefully come back to full custom flutes very soon.

I have given a basic description of each instrument below, and a main image which, when clicked, will open a gallery of images in a separate viewer. I have also included a brief three-section sound clip of each flute: the first section is'dry' (as it might sound in a carpeted room), the second is 'wet' (with added reverberation), and the third has a simple orchestral backing so anyone thinking of recording with it will have an idea of how it might sound. I am no great flute player and the recordings here are quite basic; however, several of the orchestral pieces will be full length on my forthcoming second CD, Swans (the first CD is available here.) If you are undecided on choosing a key and wish to hear the full range of keys and voices, just go to the Hear the Flutes page. All SVF flutes respond to the slightest breath so playing is completely relaxed. All flutes below are tuned at 440Hz (A) unless otherwise stated.

Each instrument comes with a serial numbered authentication card that details the flute's wood origins and energies, it's sound and playing characteristics, and a full set of playing hole tuning charts. A fleece flute sleeve and a Starter Pack of tutorial and information sheets are included. Flutes are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery; packing and shipping are extra but usually work out at around £10 for UK mainland postal areas. Overseas shipments are priced according to customer location, but please be aware all flutes are sent out with insurance and tracking, and for some overseas countries this can add significantly to the cost. In the event of a flute proving unsuitable, it should be returned within 10 days in its original condition for a full refund (customer pays return postage, flute must be tracked and insured).

If you are interested in purchasing one of the flutes below, please email me on dc@secondvoiceflutes.co.uk and we can take it from there. I will gladly supply more information and answer queries if necessary. If you want to send me your handprints (for details on doing this see the Contact and Ordering page), I can advise you on whether the hole spacing on your chosen flute should be comfortable for you to play.




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F in English Rippled Alder


A rarity this for two main reasons. Firstly, top quality rippled Alder is very hard to find these days; my stock of this wood came from Dartmoor in 2008 and I have yet to find similar anywhere. Exquisite, flame and flowing grain patterns reflect the tree's natural habitat of standing close to, or in, fresh water. Known for centuries as one of the best woods for making flutes, this is a beautifully resonant flute with a slightly husky, mellow voice. Playing holes are slightly opened to give a fuller sound and patterned for a right hand-bottom hand player. Secondly, and more importantly, this is a Healing Flute and is deliberately tuned to A=444Hz (C=528Hz). This frequency is believed by many to resonate closely with the Earth's and the Body's natural patterns and is sought by many sound healing practioners. All instruments on the soundclip here are tuned at A=444Hz.
The English Walnut block is a stylized Little Grebe, appropriate for a water-wood flute, with a small chimney to enhance and open out the voice even further. Priced at £195 plus p+p.



F# in English Lime

A clear-toned, full voiced flute with straight-lined, larger-sized, medium-spaced playing holes (so will suit right or left handed players). This is a one inch bore flute, unusually wide for an F#, and therefore has a slightly fuller, more resonant and slightly breathy yet clear voice than the normal 5/8" bore flutes. It also easily plays a full one and a third octave range. The flute is a homage to the magnificent English Lime tree, as body, stylized Swift block and Lime tree artwork all celebrate this soft, yet resilient and resonant wood. Priced at £145 plus p+p.



F# in Cedar of Lebanon



Denser than other UK grown cedars, and therefore more resilient, this 5/8" bore flute has a beautifully clear, bright voice showing all of the high frequencies associated with the upper range of the mid-key flutes. Playing holes are small-medium sized and patterned for a right hand-bottom hand player. The block is a traditional style claw made of English Yew, cut across heart and sapwood. A tall chimney enhances a wonderfully crisp, clear, bright voice without adding breathiness, and at the same time minimizes the chance of overblowing the fundamental (bottom) note. A good, straightforward, mid-range flute. Priced at £135 plus p+p.



A# in Hawthorn and Elder



A very special flute and another rarity in terms of woods and tuning. This beautiful flute is made from a branch of Exmoor Hawthorn that I picked up from the moor in 2008 and air dried over five years. As you can see in the gallery images, the grain patterns are stunning; to do them justice I decided at the outset to have a sunken nest and use an equally rare wood, English Elder, for the mouthpiece and two blocks. The flute is tuned at 440Hz using the flat-fronted saddle block to A# (in itself an unusual key). However, the chimney block means the flute can also be played on key at 432Hz tuning. The flat block gives a wonderfully clear resonant voice, ideal for indoors and recording; the chimney claw block gives a slightly richer voice and means the flute can be played outdoors, as the wings help minimize air disturbance across the sound hole, and with a vibration that many believe is more in tune with the Earth's natural resonance. Regardless of block, the flute has a haunting, calling voice which can be sent a great distance, and experienced players will be able to use breath control to produce a lovely 'bite' on the fundamental note. Straight lined holes for right or left handed players. A wonderfully expressive, totally unique instrument. Priced at £205 plus p+p.



E in Western Red Cedar



This flute is probably better suited to experienced players, firstly because it has a fuller, more open airflow system to bring out the wonderful resonance of Western Red Cedar (WRC), probably the most traditional NA flute wood of all. Being able to vary breath pressure and speed makes this a wonderfully expressive flute. Secondly, the voicing is augmented by four tuning holes at the flute foot, making it quite a bit longer than most flutes, and while the playing holes are medium-spaced, the length can take a little getting used to unless you are a seasoned player. Finally, the flute is made from top grade, slow-grown WRC imported from the USA (unfortunately our UK grown WRC is not the best quality), but while the USA wood is a little denser, it is still very lightweight and does, like all WRC flutes, need careful handling as the wood is soft and can dent relatively easily. Since this is a USA wood flute, it is completed with an American Cherry claw block, designed to give a controllable voice range from clear to breathy depending on block position. A beautifully responsive flute for everything from mediatative playing to performing and recording. Priced at £185 plus p+p.






F is a lovely key because it is the first of the mid-range keys that fits perfectly on a one inch bore, which gives a much fuller, more resonant and rounded sound. The other advantage is that a flat fronted block can often be used giving a very clear, near-windless voice without risking the flute readily over-blowing to the octave above if the player blows too hard (something all NA flutes have a tendency to do without practice and careful design!).


  G in English Lime


This is an ideal starter flute, designed especially for the novice player. Simple, clear voiced with straight-lined (so right or left handed), medium-sized and close spaced playing holes. The stylized Swift block is also Lime, with a slipper ramp in the base to help cut down wetting out (where moisture collects under the block during extended playing - a feature which happens to all NA flutes but can be reduced by learning to “blow dry”), and a chimney front to minimize the chance of the flute's fundamental (bottom) note jumping to the octave above if blown too hard (again, something that can happen with all NA flutes until breathing control is achieved). Priced at £105 plus p+p.



F in English Walnut


A beautiful flute, richly coloured and with the characteristic high frequency harmonics that come with hardwood flutes. Being English Walnut, the grain patterning is much more varied, flowing and distinct than American Black Walnut. The stylized Swift block is made in lightly spalted Beech. The flute has yet to be fully tuned, so anyone with smaller hands or slim fingers or other particular playing style or tuning requirements can be accommodated. The voicing can similarly be tailored to requirements, eg. mellow or edgy, breathy or clear etc. Note: the flute has been oiled so the final wood colour is true, but has yet to be polished and therefore appears slightly matt at this stage. Priced at £175 plus p+p.





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