What’s on my plate? Branch flutes

I have a full plate of flutes with the four little branch flutes I’m working with.

They are a delight to work with. Always I enjoy helping tree branches become unique flutes.

Working with four flutes from the same tree has advantages. Because they are from the same kind of wood.  After working with one flute, I can readily determine how much pressure to use with a knife or woodburning tools on the other flutes.

Branches split showing blue guidelines. On the right is a carved Hitty doll from same tree. All are resting on my spoon carving log.

Creating flutes from branches is so interesting with the bends in the branches. Crooks and angles in the branch need to be tested for air leaks. Unexpected knots need to be stabilized.


It’s always a great relief to her the clear voice of a branch flute sing after the creation of the true sound hole.

With these wee ones, I’ve made their birds from tiny pieces of Padua wood for contrast. The finger holes will be drilled to establish the notes. With smaller branches such as these, I often only make 4 holes enabling you to play the WrenSong branch flute with one hand.

These little branch flutes are great for music playing on-the-go. I almost always carry one with me in my purse or backpack. With a branch flute with me, I can pull out my flute to join someone playing another instrument – if our tuning works together. The flute sings out with a sweet voice that wafts above other instruments.

When I was attending a convention a few weeks ago, I pulled a branch flute out of my purse to share with my lunch companion who was a church musician. I’d only played a few notes when a diner at the next table moved beside me — called by the sound of the flute.  He ended up buying the flute.

I often am working on more than one project at a time – alternating from one project to the next as I wait for shallac to harden or paint to dry.

So it happened that I was working on the four branch flutes at the same time that I was repairing a chip in a plate.

That’s how I wound up with my photo of  “What’s on My Plate”?

You can find my flutes — when I have extras in stock — in my WrenSong Woods Etsy store or contact me if you want to let me know that you’re interested in me putting aside one of my next branch flutes for you.