Announcement Flutes, Ocarinas, Jewelry Boxes, Candles, Guitar Picks, etc.
Flutes, Ocarinas, Jewelry Boxes, Candles, Guitar Picks, etc.
Brandy Freeman on Jul 24, 2016
Shipping was very delayed but the product was lovely. It did not come with oil.
Dorian Jacoud on Jul 3, 2016
Beautiful work, thank you. I will have to check how to care for it properly to make it last !
World Winds Story
This is a family run operation. My daughters and wife help with the pictures, marketing and giving good 'womans touch' advice. My son pitches in with just about everything, and is my go to guy for design ideas.
How did this start? I've been making things since I was a kid.
For most of my life, it was just a hobby. I built for the love of it. Flutes from Bamboo, Cedar, or Marble. Wooden Jewelry boxes, candle holders, guitar picks. No matter what it is, It's a very rewarding experience to put all of your creative energy into something, and then to hand it off to somebody for them to enjoy.
It's been a long road, but as I add more and more models to the World Winds line, I hope you can have at least half as much fun playing them as I have had in making them.
Thank you & enjoy!
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Owner, Over Seer Of All Things World-Winds
Been making bamboo & cedar items for almost 30 years. They've been good enough to sell for about 10.
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Additional policies and FAQs
FLUTES - JEWELRY BOXES/CANDLES - PLAYING INSTRUCTIONS
Q: Which instrument should I choose?
A: First of all, if you don't like what you ordered, just return it. Consider it a trial(you pay return shipping!). Sometimes it takes a few tries to see what works for you. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want before and after you order something. We'll do our best to help you through your journey.
Q:Does hand size matter?
A: Yup. Check out the handsize charts that I have with a lot of the listings.
Q: What's a good flute for my playing level?
A: Ocarinas are the easiest flute to play. The hardest would be the Shakuhachi.
Q:How do I care for my bamboo flute?
A: All of the bamboo instruments that I sell are made from high quality bamboo. With proper care and attention, they can last a lifetime. To prevent cracking or splitting, try to follow these basic guidelines:
1. Keep it from drying out! They have been treated with Walnut Oil. You can maintain your flute with Walnut, Linseed, Mineral, or Tung Oil. Time between treatments is up to you. I usually oil up a flute whenever it looks like it needs a cleaning.
2. Do not leave it in your car on a cold winter night, or a hot summers day.
3. Don't let it get rained on, or store it in a damp basement. After playing, wipe down any condensation from your breath.
4. Keep it in a safe place, away from dogs, babies & wrestling matches.
Q: How do I care for my Jewelry Box/Candle Holder?
A: Just dust off with a paper towel once in a while to bring the shine back. No soap or ammonia cleaners needed. For more TLC, check out the next Q&A about the Walnut Oil.
Q: What wood finish do you use?
A: Doctor's Woodshop products. Just Walnut Oil & Wax. It's an 'in the wood' finish as well as for cleaning & maintenance. Feel free to go to his website. He can explain why this is the way to go better than I. I have obsessively studied and tested EVERY type of finish. This is the best way to go for a long lasting, durable, beautiful finish. It feels super smooth to the touch, and is easy to maintain & clean.
Q: Can I use something other than Walnut Oil?
A: Sure, here are other options with pros & cons:
Good for cleaning, odorless, but never dries, so is a dust magnet.
Raw linseed acts the same as mineral oil. 'Boiled Linseed' at the big box stores has added toxins in it to allow drying. Both stink bad.
Smells great. I use diluted citrus solvent to clean my windows. But, anything with citrus is essentially a mild paint stripper. You will be removing the original Walnut oil. The remaining oil then left from the citrus really won't do you any good.
Beautiful looking, neutral smell. Great protection. I would probably use this if Walnut Oil didn't exist. Only drawback is if any dries on top of the wood, it gets hazy. So wipe dry! Make sure sure it's 100% raw, or else it's really just a varnish with a drop of Tung Oil in it.
Q: Isn't something like Polyurethane or Varnish more durable?
A: Nope. A wise man once told me
'The best finish is only as hard as the wood it's on'.
It took me about 20 years to realize that this is true.
Take any finish and pour a bit on some glass. When dry, the hardest will only be a rubbery plastic. But, the problem really comes when, not if, it gets scratched. Getting rid of that chalky white scratch without having to get a degree in woodworking is nearly impossible. You'll make a bigger mess than before trying to feather-sand the scratch out and repainting without it...looking like a patch.
With a Walnut Oil finish, it's IN the wood. So when, not if, the wood gets scratched, it doesn't give you the white chalky effect. In effect, normal wear & tear won't diminish the appearance for a very long time. When you want to get it back to a new condition, just wipe on a bit of Oil, and you're good to go. Even if you want to sand out the scratches, no woodworking degree is needed.
Q: Will the Jewelry Boxes stain my stuff?
A: No, the suede is just plant based fiber. That and the Walnut Oil finish are both ph neutral and have no effect on gold, brass, nickel, silver, pearls, etc.
Q: Will the Candle Holders leave a mark on my table cloth?
A: No. The Walnut Oil that has been rubbed into the wood is fully dry. If you have applied Walnut Oil yourself, wait 3 days, or 1 day in a full sun window. If you get an oily mark, you used way too much oil. You can remove just like any oily food stain with soap & water.
Q: Are these items safe for children?
A: As a father of 3, I can say that they are. My shop is in my home, so I take that very seriously. All materials used are non-toxic and Earth friendly.
Q: Is this a green company?
A: I pride myself in having a 0% waste workshop.
No pesticides or poisons are used in our bamboo groves.
All bamboo, wood and sawdust refuse is mulched & returned to the Earth.
All of our items are 100% Eco-Friendly and safe for mouth contact.
Q: Outdoor use?
A: Everything I make can go outside. But, nothing I make should stay outside, unless you want it to look like your old wooden fence or deck. The expansion and contraction of outdoor weather, along with rain & sun will weather your Bamboo Flute, Ocarina, or Cedar Candle just like everything else.
If it gets wet, just dry it off with a paper towel.
If it gets very cold or very hot, allow it to return to a normal temperature slowly.
Side blown flutes:
Put the flute up to your mouth, with the far end to your right. Mostly paralell to the ground, it can hang down slightly. To get a good tone, purse your lips gently to the sound hole (the hole should be pointing up) and use the action of spitting out a seed to get you started. Once you have that down, put your right hand fingers on to the far end (reaching over the top). Then place your left hand fingers on to the near end (reaching from underneath). Take a look at the appropriate fingering chart and give it a whirl. The lowest notes should be the easiest. When going to the upper Octave, you'll need to blow a little harder and purse your lips a little tighter. After practice & experimentation, it will become second nature.
Native American flutes:
Ever play a recorder in middle school? It's the same animal, just from another time. Blow into the end of the flute, where the leather strap is. Very little breath is needed. With the flute pointing down, put your right hand fingers on the far end holes. Your left hand fingers go to the holes at the near end. With all the fingers down, puff very gently. Now puff a little harder, and harder still. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to get about 4 notes without moving your fingers (the last will be VERY high pitched). 99% percent of your playing will be in the two lowest sounding ranges. If you don't think it sounds right, make sure the strap is good and tight. If it's loose, you'll have leakage problems. Tighten it with the simple knots on the underneath. Find the corresponding strips and pull opposite of each other. To loosen, just pull the knot a little loose. When loose, you can slide it up and down to find the sweet spot. Then re-tighten. Most people find that placing the bottom edge of the strap to just overlapping the upper side of the sound hole does the trick. Placing it further away from the sound hole will help with the low notes, closer will help the high notes. Now, go to the appropriate fingering chart and get going.
The hardest and probably the most rewarding of all woodwinds. When I started, I couldn't get a good tone for a month. Most people get it in a couple of minutes. But, it will still be a challenge to get it every time until you practice the heck out of it. Hold the flute in front of you, pointing mostly down to the floor. Place your right hand on to the far end holes. Your left goes to the near end and the thumb hole. Now place your chin on to the back of the top of the flute. With your lips a little away from the crescent shaped blowing edge, give a good solid blow. Relax your lips. Try to keep any air from leaking out from your chin. It can be tough to start, don't worry. Adjust the angle of your lips by pointing the Shak up and down. Long blows while you are adjusting. While experimenting with this, try and adjust the distance of your lips from the blowing edge. Everything has to be perfect before you can even get a sound. But, once it comes, things will start to fall in place. Find the appropriate fingering chart and practice, practice, practice. The low notes are the easiest. You will have to adjust your technique when going to the upper Octave. Don't expect more than 3 notes up there, when you have more, you're an expert. Good luck!
You can already play an Ocarina, even if you've never tried. Just place your lips over the slit and gently breathe into it. Too hard and you'll get squeaks. Your fingers go on top, thumbs on the bottom. Check out the appropriate fingering chart, and start playing some music.
I have been making & selling musical instruments for most of life. This is a family run operation and we stand behind everything we do. Buy with confidence. Thank you,