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Even though we encourage members to share their experience in this section, ideally we'd like to keep an "amateur" flavor to it.

If you are a novice flute maker (for example) and are looking for feedback on your first creations, or if you are an experienced professional who is assisting a new maker, that is great.

However, if you are a professional who is selling their work anywhere, then in the interest of maintaining the no selling policy of this site (both in the letter and the spirit of the law) we ask that you do not showcase your work here, even if you are not actively making a sales pitch or linking to your website. You may post technical photos that are illustrative of the principles of flute making, but please refrain from any postings that are solely for the purpose of showcasing your creations.

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Iíve seen Steve frost with a large flute but this is crazy.

Apparently it be Frankie Sierra?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7336/22...00/IMG_5914.jpg


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Gee! We need a youtube of that. I want to hear it!


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The flute in that pic is being played by its creator, Russ Venable. Russ makes some of the most amazing flutes, and Frankie Sierra collects some of the most amazing flutes. I'm pretty sure I saw that same flute some years ago, shortly after Russ made it. I would not be surprised if Frankie has it now. Russ currently lives in Sedona, Arizona, but I'm not sure that he's making flutes anymore. Frankie lives in Northern California. Both are stellar blokes! 👍

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Iíve seen Steve frost with a large flute but this is crazy.

Apparently it be Frankie Sierra?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7336/22...00/IMG_5914.jpg


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Looks like it would be mighty heavy to hold! I'd love to hear it played. WOW

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Iíve seen Steve frost with a large flute but this is crazy.

Apparently it be Frankie Sierra?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7336/22...00/IMG_5914.jpg



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Russ Venable is in that photo, playing that flute, which appears to have his signature block style, although He might have had someone else do the wood burning on it. He typically didn't do art work on his flutes. It was not unusual for him to make extremely large flutes. I remember playing a large prototype at his shop, one time, while visiting. It only had four finger holes, and you could only reach them with the spread between the thumbs and first fingers, of both hands.

Last I knew, he had moved to Sedona, and was no longer making flutes at all, which was sad to hear, as I have almost as many of his flutes, as any other maker I have.


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From a distance, that wood burning looks like the work of Kitty Brougham (Colyn Petersen's wife, of Woodland Voices flutes).


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Ahhh ... y'all almost got me! I almost fell for it ... Keith, Rick, and Geoffrey all collaborating with one another... you GUYS!!!
Is it April 1st already??? I mean, CLEARLY, that's a "Photoshop'd" image! tongue.gif LOL.

Seriously, what a beast, eh? I'd have to refill my lungs for every note. Imagine going to the music store and telling them you need a flute strap ... a WHAT!??




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To add to the mystery, where was that pic taken and when? It kept gnawing at me, but I figured it out (even found Google images to confirm). It was that porch/entry that tipped me off. C'mon, folks, I know some of you were there, because I saw you!

Way to dig up the obscure, 'Domes!! laugh.gif


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Iíve seen Steve frost with a large flute but this is crazy.

Apparently it be Frankie Sierra?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7336/22...00/IMG_5914.jpg


This post has been edited by Keith Glowka: Oct 29 2017, 07:11 PM


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Don't remember ever being in that place, myself.


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The photo was taken on the southeast steps of Ralston Hall Mansion on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, in July 2006. The event was the biennial convention of INAFA, the now defunct International Native American Flute Association. Russ's flute made quite a scene in the vendors' area. It was my first flute event to attend and my first time to sell the flutes I make. Also met a lot of good folks there who remain friends to this day.

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Iíve seen Steve frost with a large flute but this is crazy.

Apparently it be Frankie Sierra?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7336/22...00/IMG_5914.jpg


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I suspected that it might be in CA. As I recall, the convention was a year late that time, due to problems with the location, the previous year. Of course, I was never able to go except the year it was in Taos, anyway. I am sure it is nothing like that now, in numerous ways.


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Interesting piece of Flute Portal history: it was at that very convention that Jeff Ball and I officially launched the Flute Portal! Not with any public fanfare, per se, but we did create the "Super Signature Flute" that was auctioned to benefit the American Indian College Fund and create some user interest. Got a lot of signatures on that particular flute if I recall: R.C. Nakai, Mary Youngblood, Jeff Ball, Gary Stroutsos, Mark Holland, Scott August, Joseph Firecrow, Ash Dargan, Peter Phippen, Arvel Bird, Coyote Oldman and many more that I'm not remembering in this moment. It was a one-of-a-kind instrument (much like the drone in the original post!)

I also got my first xiao at that event, from Gary Stroutsos! And I first met Keith, as well as Rick and Linda Dunlap (of Moyo Drum) and many more fine folk.

It's been awhile since I've attended a flute event, so I'm looking forward to the WFS gathering next Summer.


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QUOTE(musicaldomes @ Oct 28 2017, 11:51 AM) *
Iíve seen Steve frost with a large flute but this is crazy.

Apparently it be Frankie Sierra?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7336/22...00/IMG_5914.jpg

That's a big drone, I wonder how it gets off the ground. smile.gif laugh.gif


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If he wasn't holding on so tight it would probably just fly away.

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That's a big drone, I wonder how it gets off the ground. smile.gif laugh.gif



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QUOTE(musicaldomes @ Oct 28 2017, 11:51 AM) *
Iíve seen Steve frost with a large flute but this is crazy.

Apparently it be Frankie Sierra?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7336/22...00/IMG_5914.jpg


1) As noted above, we must have a video of this in action.

2) Naturally I want one......


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