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The wood that I use for my flutes goes through a lengthy process of selection and seasoning. Boxwood is the main wood I use for many of the models, as it has been in use for woodwind making in the West for at least a thousand years, if not more.
It is a slow-growing, tight grained wood with a lovely light yellow colour. Logs used for flute making should be of a considerable size, at least 7-8 cm in diameter, which means they would have been cut from a tree that was at least 80 years old. I like to be able to control the quality of wood I use and the seasoning process. This ranges from hand picking the logs (to ensure a tight, straight grain and top quality material), to cutting them back at the workshop, through 4-5 years of seasoning before the process of making a flute can begin.

This minimizes the chance of warping as much as possible once the flute is ready and leaves the workshop.
In addition to boxwood I use some exotic hardwoods for baroque flutes: kingwood, ebony, grenadille, lignum vit?, and a variety of rosewoods.
I like using a variety of softer woods for renaissance flutes: North American and European maples, plum, pear and cherry are among the more common woods I use, but I also enjoy making complete consorts from rarer softwoods such as almond, olive, yew, service and dogwood.

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