So once you’ve voiced and tuned your flute
getting it playing the best you can, the next step really the final step is to put finish
on the flute so it looks the best it could look. What I do is sand the sides and the
bottom of the flute. Get off any knicks or any unusual shapes so that it’s all flat and
smooth. For the top if you sand it with medium sandpaper it can change the tuning a little
bit, as I’ve mentioned before. So you want to use very fine sandpaper for the top of
the flute. But you’ve got the shape of the bird and you just sand that off, make it nice
and smooth, get the sandpaper down to very fine. What I use to finish these flutes is
a natural finish with citrus oil and linseed oil, a mix of those. The dryer in there helps
it to dry fairly quickly overnight and you could put a few coats on. Make sure the first
coat is absorbed really well, put two coats on maybe for the first coat, because these
soft woods absorb a lot of finish. For the second coat make sure that all of the grain
is filled with the finish so it’s uniformed at the end. Then, once it’s dry I use wax
over the finish just for a final gloss and you can use any kind of natural wax. Then
your flute is done and your flute will look something like this, kind of a matte finish.
You can make it shiner with more coats of wax and you’re ready to play your flute.