Erik the Flutemaker

Ice Age Flute - Natural

 

After the announcement of the discovery of what might be the oldest instrument in the world, I felt quite inspired to research it and try to bring a semblance of it to my customers.

The original was found in a cave in Germany and said to be 35,000 years old when Europe was being populated.

The 13 inch Ice Age Flute is finished naturally, bound with an earth-toned binding, giving it an ancient look.

Every Ice Age Flute comes with a flute bag to keep your flute safe.

 

Research on the Ice Age Flute

Researchers working at two Stone Age German sites have unearthed a nearly complete flute made from a vulture's forearm as well as sections of three mammoth-ivory flutes.

These 35,000- to 40,000-year-old finds are the oldest known musical instruments in the world, says archaeologist and project director Nicholas Conard of the University of Tuebingen in Germany.

The bone flute, which excavators found in 12 pieces, and the ivory flutes were discovered in the summer of 2008 at Hohle Fels cave,(below) when people first migrated to Europe.

The preserved portion of the bone flute is about 8.5 inches long and one-third of an inch wide. Finely incised lines near four finger holes probably indicated where to carve these openings using stone tools.

Musicians presumably blew into an end of the bone flute that contains two V-shaped notches. The researchers plan to make a replica of the ancient flute to investigate how it was played and what type of sounds it made.

Erik's take on this instrument, made of bamboo, is deeper than the thinner bone flute was. However, Erik believes that his interpretation is one of the possible deeper, richer flutes into which the Ice Age flute would have evolved.

UPDATE: Erik delighted to know that his bamboo Ice Age flute has been brought back to Hohle Fels cave and has been played there. It must have been a Kodak moment into our ancestral and musical past.

 

What you are saying...

Dear Erik,
The Ice Age Flute came a few days ago and I love it! It is the best flute I have purchased, yet. I only wish I could have gotten the Chinese flute at the same time.
The scale of the Ice Age flute was a bit unusual at first, but after playing it a bit I found it to be an excellent scale! I am very pleased with it and cannot get over the smell of the burnt bamboo. Thank you for making such a flute available.
Richard Dawson in Japan, December 29th 2010

Hey Erik
I ordered the Ice Age Flute and a Pan Pipe and just wanted to say thank you. The quality is beyond mental speculation, I never would have imagined them to be that beautiful. Thank you!
Ryan in Iroquois, Ontario, Canada, April 2010

Hello Erik and greetings from Finland! My Ice age flute came today and is brilliant. I like the way it looks and like the smell. Tuning and the sound is interesting. Let there be love and harmony in Your heart!
Juha Rikka in Helsinki Sept. 2009

Erik,
I received both flutes in perfect condition.
Thank you for sending me the first end-blown Ice Age flute! It sounds like an ancient bone flute that was made for playing by firelight while shadows dance on the cave walls. I've been playing mine by candlelight, and I like to play it meditatively like a shakuhachi or Native American flute. I think the Ice Age flute makes a good, compact, and affordable meditation flute that I can take with me to the woods or wherever else I go. But I don't want to risk Ice Age #1 so I'm ordering another one for my take along flute. By the way, I really appreciate that the money goes to a good cause!
Thanks again!
Rick Magee in Plant City, FL. Aug. 2009
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Erik the Flutemaker
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Davie, FL 33325
Phone: +1/954.424.6502
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