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Mesquite for flutes?
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Author:  AngelicBeaver [ Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Mesquite for flutes?

I live in Texas, so we have a lot of mesquite here. I know it's used in furniture quite often, but I was curious if anyone had experimented with its use in wooden flutes.

Author:  bradhurley [ Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mesquite for flutes?

It's used for Native American flutes; I've never seen an Irish-style flute made of mesquite but I don't get out much. ;-)

Some uilleann pipes makers use mesquite for the tubes of their drone reeds; my pipes' drone reeds are mesquite with spruce tongues.

Author:  an seanduine [ Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mesquite for flutes?

Mesquite has a lot of wind-shake and wind-wrack, so getting clear turning blanks is always problematic. It is very tough on tools and suffers from a lot of tear-out if you take deep cuts. But it is dense, hard and stable. My advise, treat it like metal, and try to get it cheap so you won´t fear tossing the workpiece aside when a defect emerges.


Author:  chas [ Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mesquite for flutes?

I've turned some mesquite. The biggest problem is that it's porous. The only way to make the bore smooth is to use a fairly heavy finish.

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