Bill Hughes

Making the
Native American Style Flutes

-Volume Set)

Vol. 1
Using a Lathe and Machine Tools

Vol. 2
Using Basic Hand Tools


Volume 1

Making the Native American Style Flutes

This video tutorial goes through all the steps required to make a Native American Flute using a motor-driven lathe and other machine tools. Most importantly, how to do it in a manner that is both safe and efficient.

Bill provides step-by-step instructions on how top turn the body of the flute and fabricate the interior bore to precise dimensions. He demonstrates and explains all the tools and techniques used to fabricate the fipple-type mouthpiece and drill finger holes so intonation of the flute is accurate.

Bill goes over the process from start-to-finish and spends a great deal of time on equipment, tools, jigs, safety, and finishes. This 2-hour video that is packed full of knowledge—a valuable resource for any flute maker at any level regardless of experience.

Running Time: 2 Hours, 13 Minutes

Volume 2

Making the Native American Style Flutes

This video tutorial is perfect for those who do not own a large lathe or other machine tools. Bill Hughes provides step-by-step instructions on how to make a Native American flute in the traditional manner. This tutorial is both comprehensive and easy to follow.

Bill shows is a complete list of the tools you will need to do fabricate a flute from start to finish. Using basic hand tools, such as a mallet, chisel, and scrapers, he guides you from the first rough steps of cutting and shaping, through sanding, and adding the final touches to create a beautiful, functional work of art.

Running Time: 2 Hours

Bill Hughes earned a Ph.D in family therapy from Brigham Young University (1972-1978). Since that time, he has crafted about about 7,000 flutes for novices to professional players around the world. Bill is best known for his large bore flutes which have deep and soulful voices.

His specialty is teaching people who are new to the flute making world how to get started. He believes that this saves them about 2-4 years of frustration, mistakes, and a lot of trial-and-error. Bill has taught at the Indian Walk-in Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Whitehorse High School, Salt Lake Community College, Highland High School, the VA, the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology, many Woodcraft stores in the West, and countless hopeful souls who walk into his shop in Salt Lake City.

Bill Hughes made the flutes used in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Read "Flute maker dedicated to helping others through his craft" (Salt Lake Tribune)


Please note that these two instructional videos are no longer in print. When Bill Hughes retired from flute making, he was kind enough to provide these last few remaining DVD videos being offered here. Approximately 10 sets are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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