Flute making process

All flutes and fujaras are hand-made from wood (mostly elder, but also ashen and mapple) in a traditional way. After I carefully select and cut a suitable piece of wood in the forest and drill the inside, it has to dry and season for several years (for a fujara, and at least a year for smaller flutes). Only then I can plane, carve the fipple and decorate. Each wooden flute is a unique individual - it is virtually impossible to make two identical instruments. 

I decorate the flutes with traditional ornaments carved, painted with natural dyes or acid-etched, or I leave them plain natural - sometimes branchy. I only use natural substances (with the exception of nitric acid): linseed oil, dyes made from wallnut husks or onion peels, and shellac - a special resin dissolved in alcohol. 

All instruments can be made in various keys, as written in detail at the particular types.