World Flutes

The Basketmaker Flute

The Basketmaker flute was created in collaboration with recording artist Scott August and features a thumb hole to allow for an extended scale. The standard tuning I use is a pentatonic major scale available in the keys of F#,G, Aflat, A, Bflat and B. There is a minor tuned version called the Mojave 6 as well, only available in the key of B which does not have a thumb hole.

These flutes are in fact modern day interpretations of some of the ancient artifacts found in caves in the American Southwest. The modern version looks a bit different than the antique flutes, but they play intervals that are consistent with the tuning of some of these relics.

The original flutes are ancient instruments dating back hundreds (possibly thousands) of years. Who were the people that our modern culture mistakenly refer to as the “Anasazi”? They were the ancestors of the modern Pueblo people living in New Mexico and Arizona. There never was an “Anasazi tribe”, nor did anyone ever call themselves by that name. Anasazi is originally a Navajo word that archaeologists applied to people who farmed the Four Corners area before 1300 AD. This word is currently misused to refer to the flutes that are inspired by the work of the Pueblo people of long ago (since no one knows what they called themselves).

As with other embouchure flutes, the player uses their mouth to direct the airflow across the rim of the flute, thus creating the tone.

These instruments are considerably more difficult to play than a fipple flute (such as a whistle or a Native American style flute), and they represent one of the most satisfying challenges to the flute player. Do not expect to simply pick one up and start playing! Some players can get a tone right away, and others take more time. These flutes take time and patience to master, but they are well worth the effort.

For more information on these instruments and their variations, I strongly encourage a visit to Scott August’s website.




Products In Stock




Alaskan Yellow Cedar Basketmaker, Key of Bflat (for right handed player)

$275.00

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Basketmaker flute, Key of Bflat for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Sorry–the sound sample is in the key of A! At this time we only have a demonstration of the 7-hole basketmaker in this key, but it will give you an idea of the range of the instrument. Key of Bflat is only a half-step higher in pitch.

Black Walnut Basketmaker, key of A (for right-handed player)

$275.00 (out of stock)

Black Walnut Basketmaker flute, Key of A for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Listen to Scott August demonstrating the Basketmaker flute!

Curly Douglas Fir Basketmaker, Key of Bflat (for right handed player)

$350.00

Curly Douglas Fir Basketmaker flute, Key of Bflat for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Sorry–the sound sample is in the key of A! At this time we only have a demonstration of the 7-hole basketmaker in this key, but it will give you an idea of the range of the instrument. Key of Bflat is only a half-step higher in pitch.

Curly Cherry Basketmaker, key of A (for right-handed player)

$300.00 (out of stock)

Curly Cherry Basketmaker flute, Key of A for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Listen to Scott August demonstrating the Basketmaker flute!

Douglas Fir Basketmaker, key of A (for right-handed player)

$275.00 (out of stock)

Douglas Fir Basketmaker flute, Key of A for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Listen to Scott August demonstrating the Basketmaker flute!

Osage Orange Basketmaker, Key of Bflat (for right handed player)

$275.00 (out of stock)

Osage Orange Basketmaker flute, Key of Bflat for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Sorry–the sound sample is in the key of A! At this time we only have a demonstration of the 7-hole basketmaker in this key, but it will give you an idea of the range of the instrument. Key of Bflat is only a half-step higher in pitch.

Paulownia Wood Basketmaker, Key of Bflat(for right-handed player). Ultra light-weight!

$275.00

Paulownia Wood Basketmaker for right-handed player. This extraordinary wood is the lightest flute making wood I’ve ever encountered. Sought after for making wooden boats due to it’s strength and low density, it will blow your mind! It’s like playing a tube made from air. For any players who have issues with arthritis or just simply practice fatigue–this flute weighs next to nothing and has a huge sound. Normally a nearly white colored wood, it has been stained a rich, handsome brown. NOTE: This wood is quite soft, and it will absolutely get dented over time. This is cosmetic and probably inevitable if you handle the flute routinely, but it’s worth the trade off if you want a super light-weight flute with great resonance!

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Redwood rim-blown flute, Key of low F# (for right-handed player)

$300.00 (out of stock)

Redwood rim-blown flute, Key of F# (pentatonic major scale). This is the same flute as the Basketmaker, only without a thumb hole (which is very tricky on a flute this big). This is the flute that Scott August plays in his amazing piece “Quiet Journey” which you can see below.

PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE ORDERING. This flute is not covered by my normal return policy. This is a very large flute and at least half of the players who try it cannot reach the finger holes comfortably. I will provide you detailed information to help you determine if you can play it, but once it is determined that you can reach the flute I will only consider a return on a case-by-case basis. I’m sorry to be so strict about this, but this has been a problem in the past and has obliged me to alter my policy. I get a lot of requests for this flute, but be forewarned that it is a stretch, even for tall players.

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