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Faux Finish for Northern Spirit Flute - Looks Like Wood

Faux Finish described by James Tong 
  azchimp - Northern Spirit Flute
The Process 

Tape off any areas such as the mouth piece prior to the finishing process.

I utilize rough sandpaper or a dremel type tool with a similar sanding wheel and go up and down length wise to create the grain. The heaviness of the grain is of individual taste.
Follow up with smooth sandpaper (preferred dry wall sanding blocks) go over the area you have to smooth out the overall surface and bring out the desired grain pattern.

Wash and rinse the prepared flute thoroughly with warm soapy water to remove the sanding dust and oil or chemicals from ones hands.
I utilize everyday furniture touchup pens in various shades that are available at most hardware stores and big-box stores. Check out the available brands, I find the cheapest ones work best. Some of them may soften the plastic/resin initially. Usually once they have dried and aired well the surface re-hardens.
Avoid finishing the area where one blows. On white flutes I usually use a non-toxic spray paint or if finished I cover the area with a non-toxic acrylic sealer.

Take the marking pen(s) and run them in strokes up and down the flute with the grain. Overlap strokes to give variation of shade to the faux wood finish. Brown paint or any paint for that matter can also be used and has a different effect. It’s a matter of preference.
I usually put two to three coats on the flute depending on the material color below.

Final finish I sand very lightly with fine sandpaper (D/W Sanding Block) to give a consistent and smoother surface.Clean the flute again thoroughly.Once dried, I seal with a non-toxic acrylic sealer, semi-gloss preferred, gloss if you like a real shiny instrument.Flat is usually too dull.

You can also antique the finish by giving a light coat of semi-gloss black on a finished flute. Once thoroughly dried sand off the black paint and leave some of it to high light the grain and instrument. Clean and seal again.

My fellow journeyers are amazed by your flutes and how well they play. One of the Sensei’s (Sandokai Karate) will be contacting you shortly.

I still excitedly await the Lakota and E flutes. I shall also be ordering another flute shortly. I finished and gifted the last one to the headmaster of Sandokai Karate.

Thanks again and May you always Walk in Beauty.

Jimmy Tong (azchimp)
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Wow! amazing flute!

I love the idea of plastic flutes. A flute I can enjoy anywhere anytime without worrying about having to baby it. I have been collecting various plastic Native american style flutes and I must comment that yours is so far superior! The tuning, dynamic range, stability of pitch, beauty and clarity of pitch are amazing. I have been totally spoiled by your Northern Spirit flute and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone as the ideal first flute and beyond as a keeper!


I am your loyal fan!

Sincerely, Liz Moore

Hello Rich,

Just wanted to confirm my order did arrive on the 18th and I've been playing it ever since. :) Thanks again for the premium product!


I'll be sure to recommend your services for anyone that's looking for a high quality and durable Native American Flute.

Thanks, Ian



"Hi there, I received my flute very quickly. I really commend you on the tone and simplicity of it. I am extremely happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. I will buy another from you whenever you make a different key. Also I am interested in trying out your drone flute sometime. Thanks so much!" - Joanne
Just received the flutes - Wow they play wonderfully!!!  I have several NAF flutes and have been playing for a long time.  Your flute plays with and sounds with the best them. What a wonderful gift you have created for everyone . . . FUZEN . . . blowing Zen. 

Thank you again and I am saving to by the kit I want to share the gift with my friends and fellow Tai Chi enthusiasts.  Great way to learn breath.

Walk in Beauty, - azchimp


Thank you for sending the flute out to me quickly.  The pitch is perfect and it's so easy to blow into.  Please email me whenever you have for sale additonal  ABS flutes in different keys.
Once again, thank you!
Be well,  - Joanne Degnan :)
"Your project flutes-for-kids rocks!" - Marina Nadir  


The flute that you so generously gave to me has been given to a very deserving at-risk teenager from a local native tribe.  I was doing an artist in residence program and this young man picked up the flute that I had been bringing with me and began to make incredible music with it.  This kid had been in a reserved shell for the entire program until he picked up that flute.  By the time he was done, another at risk teen had joined him in a duet with her singing.  Tears and joy were in full abundance.

It was immediately clear after that young man picked it up that that flute was now his.  

I just wanted to let you know that it found a deserving and permanent home.

Frank Thompson, Founder
AZ Rhythm Connection 
"I had the honor of getting a phone call, one day, from Rich Dubé of Northern Spirit Flutes. He asked me if I would help him with designing flutes, he was working on, that are made entirely from U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ABS plastic and explained to me that it was for children, so that they would be able to learn how to make and play these wonderful instruments at a very affordable price. I could tell in his voice that Rich was extremely sincere and committed to this project. Having children learn about this instrument is very important to me as well, so I told him to ask away with any questions he may have had and I would be happy to help him however I could. Rich called me several times and sent me several design ideas via E-mail to look at and discuss. He purchased a flute from me so that he could visually see how I made my wood flutes. Rich got as close as possible (molds permitting), making a very doable design. These flutes play very well and are fantastic for children to learn on. I tip my hat to Richard for staying so dedicated and for spending hours and hours of his time and using his own money to finance this project for the kids.
Rich, you are a good man with a good spirit....."
In Spirit,
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