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 3, 2012

Some mid-week amusement

Many readers wonder : « How is made the Bocarina quality control? ». Well, I must admit I didn't know. So, I traveled to South Africa and asked to visit the manufacture. It seems that each sample is inspected with care by the Bocarimen...

Here, you can see the Chief Engineer responsible for the ABS injection teaching two new workers while the foreman Mr. Fipple checks the size of the mouth hole.


  1. GREAT!!! I had heard about the newly created Nose Flute Museum in Capetown, but I hadn't seen any pictures yet. How lucky you are and how very clever to make it in the shape of a Bocarina! It actually does look smaller than I had imagined, but I guess that it is only fitting for the pocket-size instrument that the nose flute is.

    Can you confirm -as a producer/promotor/performer of the nose flute AND as an architect- that it is positioned and set to an angle in such a way that the wind around the Cape makes the whistle blow on its own accord?

  2. Happy Birthday to the blog's CEO!

  3. >>>Can you confirm ...

    I totally confirm.

    >>> Happy Birthday to the blog's CEO!

    ??? CEO is the cat Patafix, who's born on 16th of February. Me, as a foreman, am from january. Who are you talking about??

    1. Yesterday was Animal Day.

  4. He he. I think I can see your reflection in the first picture.

    By the way, I just found a somewhat look alike nose flute:

    distributed by Corvus toys:


  5. Thank you for the info Luis! I'm gonna publish that.

  6. For anyone who likes this post, it may be interesting to check out London-based artist "Slinkachu". Here is his website:

  7. For sure, I was "deeply inspired" by Slinkachu doing my pictures. I love his work.

  8. Cool.

    And then there is the fantastic:


  9. The permanent Wunderland exhibition is amazing! Just how far can you go!?

    I happened to watch a BBC-programme the other day about royal dolls' houses that were made for the British monarchs, which is very similar in approach. Here is a link:

    What I love about Slinkachu's work is the simplicity and his twist of reality, such as in his installation "Wunder Wurst"... Another artist that truly inspires me is London-based Rob Ryan, who simply uses one sheet of paper:

    Going back to music, I feel Arthur Slenk and his book "Partituur" should absolutely be mentioned:

    These inspiring modern artists all have created their truly unique means of expression and their own little universe, using the wealth of their imagination on a level that engages people instead of put them off.