A Look at the Different Woods Used in My Flute Making

For many years I have been making flutes out of cedar. Cedar is a soft wood that has a beautiful voice. These days I have been able to find many different woods that also sound great! Many of them are considered to be hard woods. Some are exotic woods. (From countries other than the U.S.) I have learned that every wood has its own, special voice and they all sound beautiful.  I like to call the Native American flute “The wood that sings!”

 Soft Woods

  • Aromatic Cedar (Western)
  • Red Cedar (Eastern)
  • White Cedar
  • Cherry
  • Redwood

Hard Woods

  • Oak
  • Walnut
  • Birch
  • Poplar
  • Maple

Exotic Woods

  • Padauk (orange)
  • Purple heart (purple)
  • Yellow heart (yellow)
  • Zebra
  • Bamboo (although, technically, bamboo is a grass and can be found in the U.S.)

For help choosing the right flute for you please see How to Choose a Flute. 

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