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In the late 90's I started playing the Irish flute and quickly became involved with several Irish music bands in France. I spent many years playing in sessions and on stage and eventually decided to move to Ireland in June 2003.
In 2005, based on my professional experience of woodworking and my passion of flute playing I decided to start making flutes. 

I am a self taught flute maker, my approach of flute making is very much based on trying, testing a lot and  always improving my skills in the process.  After over 15 years I am able to produce instruments to the highest standard  in both appearance and sound.

I make wooden flutes mostly for traditional music and more specifically Irish music.
My flutes are based on 19th century English flutes such as Pratten, Hawkes and son and mostly Rudall and Rose/Carte.  I do not make exact copies of  original instruments but I try to keep and improve all the characteristics most suitable for traditional music playing.

My flutes are made using traditional methods,  as well as modern  techniques. I mostly use the wood lathe for shaping and finishing and metal lathe for high precision tasks such as cuttings tenons or adjusting rings. Many of my tools are hand made and designed specifically for each model of flute I make. Most of the steps, including making and fitting the keys are still done by hand.

Flute making is not a full time job but more a passion for me, I have a day job  and  therefore I cannot produce a high number of  instruments each year. Because I can only make a couple of flutes at a time, I tend to focus on each one of them separately. I always make one flute at the time, from start to finish and each one of my instruments is unique.

Once the manufacturing process is over I spend sometimes weeks tuning and trying each of my flutes to reach the best results possible. I would never sell a flute that I am not happy to play myself !

I can now make flute in various type of woods and polymer such as Delrin, my flutes can have partially lined head (French head) or fully lined heads. I can add up to 6 keys ( long C, Bb, G#, long F, short F and Eb). I also offer various rings style options and screw caps. 

Please check the price list section of my page for details.

I live in An CheathrĂș Rua ( Carraroe),  in the heart of the Irish speaking region of Connemara,  about 50 minutes drive west of  Galway City.

The Twelve Bens from my back garden