The Wood Flute


  • The mouth piece is the hole (tube) in the front of the flute. Air blown from the player flows through the mouth piece into the SAC.
  • SAC is short for Slow Air Chamber. The SAC is the area in front of the plug that widens from the mouth piece tube. This area allows the air to slow down before it proceeds through the narrow flue under the fetish and above the plug.
  • The fetish is created by the silicone band. It forms the flue or narrow slot below the fetish and above the plug. The flue directs the air across the air hole and into the splitting edge.
  • The plug is a flat piece of round wooden dowel that fits snugly in the bore under the fetish, in front of the air hole, and behind the SAC. The plug causes the air to slow down and escape through the flue.
  • The air hole is the square hole on top of the flute just behind the fetish. The air hole allows the air coming out of the flue to either rise above the flute or flow into the bore. This alternating pattern is caused by the air colliding with the splitting edge.
  • The splitting edge is the wood just behind the air hole that has been filed into a thin edge. The air collides with the splitting edge causing some air to rise above the flute and the rest to proceed into the bore. This alternating pattern causes a vibration and thus a sound.
  • The bore is the hollow part of the flute through which air flows. The length of the bore determines the pitch of the flute. The longer the bore, the lower the pitch.
  • The six finger holes are cut into the wood on top of the flute. In essense, by covering and uncovering certain finger holes, the player lengthens or shortens the bore which causes the pitch to be higher or lower.