How to Make a PVC Native American Style Flute

How to Make a PVC Native American Style Flute

How to make a native American style flute from PVC with pictures.

A PVC flute is quick and easy to make, and it sounds pretty good too. It is also practically indestructible, and waterproof, so it is great for traveling.

To make a PVC flute, you will need an 18 inch piece of PVC. I used a ¾ inch piece for my first one. You will also need a PVC coupling joint for the size of your pipe, a wine cork, a tube cutter or saw, a drill and an x-acto knife.

Start by cutting a four inch piece off the eighteen inch pipe, so you will now have a four inch pipe for the anterior air chamber and mouth piece and a 14 inch piece for the flute body. 

On the flute body piece of PVC, drill a hole ¾ of an inch from

the end then another very close to the edge

 Use an x-acto knife or a box cutter to cut out the material between the two holes.  

Use a small flat, needle file to bevel the edge of the first hole.

Insert a ¼ inch slice of a wine cork and move it about halfway down the slit.

Place the PVC coupling joint on the end drill the note holes down the length of the flute body.

I used my hand width from the end of the flute for the first hole and my index finger

width for the measurement between holes.

Now insert the four inch piece into the other end of the coupling joint.

Make whatever adjustments needed to the cork and avowal, you have a flute.

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Michele Cameron Drew, posted this comment on Dec 20th, 2008

Very nicely done, my friend. Thank you for sharing this. :)

-M

Charles, posted this comment on Nov 3rd, 2009

I built the flute, and it has an amazing sound!
Thank you very much!

-Charles

Suzanne, posted this comment on Apr 11th, 2010

I tried a flute like this at the Order of the Arrow area at Adventure Base 100 in Charlotte, NC this weekend. Thanks for the plans, I’m excited to share this with my scouts!

Humphrey, posted this comment on Jun 2nd, 2010

I was wondering what size drill bit to use for the finger holes and also for the air holes 3/4 inch from the end of the 14 inch piece. thanks for any help. I would like to make these with my church youth at our native american retreat this weekend.

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