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.

Nov 30, 2012

R & D Bocarinas

Some handmade clay Bocarinas that were used while designing the CAD modelling for the ABS version, by Chris Schuermans. Notice the variations of the mouth shield shape, from rounded edges to angled ones:

« They are plain terracotta that I painted to make them look more like plastic to get people’s opinions. Later I tried to burn away (fired to 1,000°C) the paint but it left a whitish residue – probably a mineral filler in the paint. »

I personally love their aspect: they look like Christmas gingerbreads glazed with icing sugar!


  1. I think Mr Schuermans may have found a truly original style of decoration here: it reminds me of the traditional Zulu shields from cowhide. They all share a similar style, colour and look, yet their patterns differ endlessly. If anything, they look absolutely authentic!

    I would kindly suggest Mr Carolus to do have breakfast before posting...!

    Are the differences in the nose and the mouth shield a result of being handmade? Does the process of firing also play a part here?

  2. Hello Maikel,

    hahaha! indeed, I had no breakfast, and that's probably the reason I saw them as biscuits!!:)

    Those Boccies werenot intended to be played, but just as shape prototypes. (and they are not good players). The difference in the shapes are absolutely made on purpose, to test the shapes before some public.