John Lunn Flutes
23 Fletcher Road, Newport NH 03773 U.S.A.
I’ve been making flutes for over 40 years.
I can hardly believe it. I’d just turned 18 when I apprenticed with Jack Goosman in Toronto for 3 years. Since then I’ve made about two thousand flutes for 9 other companies(maybe you’re playing on one right now!), built 150 that bear the John Lunn Flutes name, created original mechanisms that helped hundreds of flutists with hand problems and redefined the flute as a work of art in its own right. I’ve been fortunate to win a couple of art awards for my flutes, am a 2008 New Hampshire Arts Council Fellow and a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the 2013 Saul Bell Holloware award winner for “The Dryad’s Kiss” flute.
“John wrestles with the silver until a flute pops out!”
That was said by a flutemaking colleague many years ago and it bears a ring of truth. As you can see in the videos, I work entirely by hand with traditional forming & chasing techniques, using no pattern-made parts (turned or stamped), to create a precision flute and a work of art. My hammers and pitch bowl replace milling machines, lathes and castings to construct each instrument on its own from raw precious metal tubing and wire.
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Can I get your artwork on my flute?
Absolutely! In fact, the majority of the artwork and flute sculpting I do is on flutes that customers already own. Take a look at the past work I’ve done on the Artwork & Chasing page and let me know what you dream of having your flute look and feel like. Send me a note with what you’d like on your flute.
How long does it take you to make a flute?
I tend to say 3 months but it always ends up being longer. Building everything from the ground up each time I make a flute is very time consuming. With all the artwork and design that goes into it each one becomes a labor of love.
Can I get your footjoint cluster on my flute?
You don’t need to buy my flute. I have adapted and converted hundreds of roller clusters on many different makes of flute from inexpensive student flutes up to handmade instruments. Be aware that this design can’t have and never needs a D# roller. Visit Custom Work page for details.
Are these flutes hard to pad or adjust?
They do look tricky, I’ll admit, but the cup sizes, pad heights, adjustment spaces and openings are within the same tolerances as any other quality flute. Any qualified flute technician should have no problem with it.
Your flutes are so delicate and beautiful! Do they play well?
I’m always surprised when I hear this. Of course the do. My flutes compete with any other handmade flute in mechanical integrity, ease of play, flexibility, resonance and range. Lunn flutes are played all over the world.
Flutes I have made over the years:
Wm. S. Haynes
John Lunn Flutes (of course)
Verne Q. Powell
(plus the odd piccolo…)
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