This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Oct 9, 2012

Clay Hanabue by Ron

Published on the Facebook page of our friend Mr. Hisaaki Matsui, this original shape nose flute was made by Mr. Sawada, potter settled in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

It is made of clay, for sure, and has a flat "saddle" shape (hyperbolic paraboloid), which is quite interesting. Please note the different pairs of holes: the bottom one is probably used with a cord to have the flute hanging around your neck, "ready to play". The double top pair is, as I guess, destined to hold the hanabue on your face, with the cord passing in from the back and out from the front of 2 close holes, avoiding to pass the cord upon the whole width of the flute (and thus masking it). Am I right?
Very nice flute, indeed.

Photographs by Mr. Hisaaki Matsui.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous piece of work: a very understated and highly effective design!

    I would like to see the other 375 (!) as well:-)