Cool Stuff Being Made: How Flutes Are Made

By September 30, 2006Cool Stuff Being Made

flute.jpgThere are few things in this world as pure as the sound of James Galway’s flute. His famous CD Legends — the top-selling CD in Ireland for a long spell — made with pianist Phil Coulter — is hard to beat for some great tunes on the flute. We have a special place in our heart for the flute since the blogteen actually plays it as well, even made the Honor Band (OK, we’re bragging now).

So when we got this 15-minute video from the good people at Selmer, we were happy to post it. It really reminds us once again that something that sounds as beautiful as the flute is just one more manufactured product. You see it here as it moves from drawn seamless tubes of either nickel silver (for student flutes) or sterling silver (for the high-end flutes), through the process of adding the holes, the springs and the keys. It is so meticulous, so precise. It is the story of manufacturing once again.

What a quiet world we would have without the sound of this great instrument and what a quiet world we would have without manufacturers to make the great instruments of our time.

Click here to watch this week’s video of Selmer flutes being made and feel the musical manufacturing vibe.