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.

Jun 15, 2016

Vintage Marbled Gretsch Humanatone

Today, relax, just a few pictures of an vintage marbled Gretsch Humanatone just added to the collection.

Jun 14, 2016

5th International & Interspecies Nose Flute Day!

Here, at, we regard the Nose Flute day as the perfect moment to spread nosefluting, and particularly to initiate someone to our noble art. That's the reason we decided to make a specific little nose flute for our C.E.O., my cat Patafix.

I also wanted to test a new device I received (I intend to use it at School of Architecture): it is an extrusion pen. You plug it on USB, stuff it with a ABS plastic wire, and the pen melts the wire while extruding the plastic. With it, one can build (literally 'draw') small (and fragile) little structures.

So, I wanted to see if it was possible to build a small nose flute for Patafix. I chose 'glow in the dark' ABS wire to do so, and began to draw a basic shape, then to fill it. It is rather difficult to master the pen and I was not able to produce a regular shape. I felt like drawing with a pastry bag disgorging custard.

Then I created the inner airway (very uggly, uh?), and a nose hood adapted to Patafix' snout:

Finally, I sharpened the labium and sanded the flute as I could to smooth the surfaces, added an elastic cord with 2 pink beads (Patafix is a girl, don't forget it!):

Yoohooh! It glows in the night!

At first, the moustachioed C.E.O. of was a bit reluctant in trying the instrument...

But after a while, Patafix adopted the nose flute and played a beautiful music piece (unfortunately, I hadn't my recorder with me at this moment...). Anyway, she will mostly use it as a bird call…

Jun 13, 2016

What are you going to do for INFD?

14th of June — tomorrow – is the International Nose Flute Day. The date was chosen as an homage to William G. Carter, inventor of the mordern and urban nose flute, which patent was registered Jun. 14, 1892.
Each year, on the 14th of June, united nosefluters around the world do something special to honor the little instrument. And you, what will you do for the International Nose Flute Day?

Our friend Don Luis, from Mexico, just realized a video in which he plays the nose flute, juggles with a pair of tennis balls (Juggling Day stands on 18th!), and read a book by James Joyce (Bloomsday on the 16th!). Hahaha! very creative!


On his side, sensei Mosurin organizes an nose flute exhibition in Saitama (Japan), that will stand from 14th to 19th of June. During five days, the work of 13 hanabue makers will be exposed. On the 19th, a concert will close the event (we wish we could be there, with a thick wallet:).

2016/6/14 (Tue) to 19 (Sun)
open from 11:30 to 16:00
Community Restaurant, Saitama Prefecture Tsurugashima Gomiketani 230-3
Parking available. TEL: 049-287-1792


And you, what will you do for the International Nose Flute Day?