Hand made wooden headjoints

I am very pleased to present my range of wooden headjoints. Handmade by me here in Nuzéjouls, they are designed for use with all modern flutes.

Wood is a natural material that is a pleasure and a challenge to work with. Each piece is unique in colour and structure and demands expert treatment to reveal its true potential. The wood gives a quality to the sound of the head that isn't found with any other material. Each log or billet of wood is different. Inside, there may be flaws which render the piece unusable or a natural shape and grain that inspire a beautiful, unique headjoint.

Every piece is individually created and finished with care to maximize its full musical potential, resulting in a beautifully crafted headjoint that will enhance your flute. For me, it is always a great pleasure to finish each one and discover its unique voice.

Thinwall Style

Thinwall style headjoint

Following the best English flutemaking traditions* but updated with a modern embouchure cut to give a powerful sound, capable of great expression and dynamism. * (Like the best Rudall Carte heads, the wood is cut away for a thin wall leaving a raised lip plate area just around the embouchure hole)

Classic Style

Classic style headjoint

Modelled on the work of the great French flute makers, Lot and Godfroy. The wood is full thickness and the embouchure hole is cut in the style of the masters of this period. This gives a rounder and richer sound.
Some may find this style more suited to baroque/classical period music. Its warmth may also be appreciated in many other settings including Folk, Traditional, Jazz and ensemble classical music.

Highwall Style

Highwall style headjoint

This head has an increased chimney height but without any increase in the overall volume of this very important part. This adds an extra reponsiveness and also serves to give an open and very balanced sound. Available in both thickwall and thinwall versions.

My headjoints are made in:

blackwood

African Blackwood

Dalbergia Melanoxylon

Care and maintenance

Wooden wind instruments are sensitive to changes in humidity levels. Try to avoid sudden changes in humidity and acclimatise the headjoint to the warm and wet conditions of playing.
For the first month, you should play the headjoint in as follows:
for the 1st week, 15 mins a day
for the 2nd week, 20 mins a day
for the 3rd week, 30 mins a day
for the 4th week, 40 mins a day
Afterwards, continue to gradually increase the playing time.

Don't forget these general rules to avoid any potential problems:
Don't leave the headjoint exposed to the sun, especially in front of a window or in a car.
Carefully wipe out the headjoint after each use to remove any moisture.
Store the headjoint in its case when you are not using it.

I recommend oiling the headjoint every 2-4 months to maintain performance and to keep the wood protected from moisture.