Mr. Sawada appeared on the public nose flute scene in 2012, under the name RON, with cute clay « mask » hanabue [please see this post, this one and that one], but he soon began building wooden flutes [see here] and what he has become the most famous for : cardboard templates [see here and here].
Yoshihiro Sawada recently sent me very generously a series of nose flutes representing his current research and home made production.
As far as I know, he invented the « business card hanabue », and sent me two beautiful samples. Those nose flutes are perfectly working, with a soft « papery sound », yet not ergonomically adapted to hard cartilaged noses. They are as great as they are simple, as beautiful as they are easy to build. That's a great invention, we should all have (and distribute!) business nose flutes!
RON has made a specialty of cardboard hanabue templates, that are declined in many shapes and sizes (more details on RON's blog). Yoshihiro sent me also postal card nose flutes, one of them experimenting with an asymmetric positioning of the airway:
Last but not least, Mr. Sawada sent me two great wooden nose flutes! Very simple in they shape too, they have the particularity of being as flat as possible. They are real « pocket nose flutes ».
The first one is a regular single flute, made of two pieces of dark wood. Every feature has been made as simple as it is possible, whilst keeping a ergonomical and playability purpose in the design:
The second one is a light color double nose flute, as simple and flat as the dark one. The purpose of a double flute is to provide two tessituras on one instrument — a sharp section and a bass one — and thus, to offer a global wider ambitus range to the player skilled enough to switch from one airway to the other!
The sharp channel:
The bass channel:
To conclude and send my most grateful thank to Yoshihiro Sawada, we made a little video with the Diva and the RON's double nose flute: