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Easy flow of information, historical and technical, yet this is not a highly technical manual so it's easy for the lay person to understand. Although not of Native American blood, the author has done extensive research and imbues an enthusiasm for woodcrafting and Native American fluting and culture that entices the reader to go out and make a beginner's flute on a budget. I have not completed one yet, but I've tried one tip for adding a channel to the bottom of a fetish and so far it is working well. There are several other tips which seem to simplify flute making and so I'm excited to experiment with them. The author discusses the variety of flute making techniques by others and indicates problems or failures to avoid from his own personal experience, plus he gives clear step-by-step checklists for his preferences accompanied by photographs.
Wood, bamboo, clay, pvc...all four materials are covered. Wax, oil, varnish, shellac, polyurethane, laquer, water based finishes are all discussed. Bindings, repairs, general care of flutes, tuning secrets, Anasazzi instructions, drone flute instructions, contrabass pvc, and more. Even building a case and storing your instrument in proper humidity. Pretty much a complete resource.
This book contains explanations, not just how-to material which proves Fugua's respect for the intelligent reader. There are lots of resource choices referenced for material sources, links for expanding knowledge, extensive bibliography. Overall a very fine introduction and instruction book for first time flute makers.
In closing, because of my interest in NAF and appreciation of really good writing I sensed a warmth and eagerness from Mr. Fugue in sharing the experience of his flute journey and would recommend this book to anyone seriously considering making and playing their first Native American Style flute. I would also include this book as a valuable resource for scout troops, woodshop educators, native instrument musicians, music teachers and public libraries.