The main material consists of wood from the elderberry, an ancient medicinal plant and the tree of Mother Hulda.
I gather it in our local forests in the early winter months according to the lunar calendar.
If cut at the right time and correctly stored, this wood gets almost as hard as boxwood. I store it a few years before I transform it.
Its soft core helps me to centre the drill.
Anyone interested in texts on the mythology of the elderberry is welcomed to contact me.
Juniper serves me as block material. Similar to cedar wood, the juniper wood is quite insensitive to moisture. I only cut dead wood, some of which remained dry for many years. I find Juniperus Oxycedrus in southern France.
The hard core has a strong fragrance. It is our local Palo Santo.
It is very hard and more difficult to work with it than with hazel.
Hazel is an easier block material. Being straight and quite soft, its adjustment is uncomplicated. Ever since, hazel is also used as block material for simple flutes. I have developed a technique which guarantees a good and lasting sound.
I bath my flutes in pure linseed oil and a bit of mustard oil. Once dry, the flutes are polished repeatedly. For their protection, they get a surface layer based on natural resins and / or shellac.