Introducing the simple system wooden flutes made by Irish flute maker Martin Doyle.
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About the simple system wooden flutes that are hand-crafted by the Irish flute maker Martin Doyle.
Martin Doyle makes two distinct styles of wooden flute – a celtic style flute and a traditional style flute. This page offers information about Martin Doyle's simple system wooden flutes that are also known as Irish flutes.
Martin Doyle's philosophy is to produce a simple style flute of the highest standard, producing a sound that can be enjoyed by student, amateur and professional musicians alike. These flutes are elemental in their simplicity, yet are sought after by some of the world's finest musicians and flute teachers. Martin Doyle also produces Baroque flutes that are based on an eighteenth century Rottenburgh flute design and wooden headjoints for concert flutes.
We invite you to scroll down the page to find out more about the wooden flutes that are hand-crafted by Martin Doyle – flutes that are renowned for their ease of playing and quality of tone.
Martin Doyle's Celtic style flutes have a subtle and stylish curved contour in the external shape of the flute – with a slight swelling at the tenon for strength. They have only one silver ferrule at this joining point, which has a stylised Celtic motif. The Celtic flutes generally remain keyless and the bore is conical. Tuning slides can be added.
Above: A keyless Martin Doyle Celtic style flute made from cocus wood.
Please note: cocus wood is no longer available.
Martin Doyle's traditional style flutes are tapered with straighter lines than the Celtic model and have silver ferrules at each end of the head-joint and one at the tip of the flute. It is upon these flutes that Martin mounts keys and tuning slides, depending on the needs of the customer. The bore is conical and they are often sold keyless and without tuning slides.
Above: A keyless Martin DoyleTtraditional style flute made from African blackwood.
Martin Doyle's keyless flutes are made from the best hardwoods: African blackwood, cocus, boxwood and rosewood. Special order flutes are also available in native Irish and European timbers if available. Sterling silver tuning slides are added if required.
Above: a Martin Doyle traditional style keyless flute with a tuning slide.
Martin Doyle's keyed flutes are made to order with either three, four, five, six, eight or nine keys. The keys are block mounted and all ferrules, keys and tuning slides are made from sterling silver and are hand-crafted by Martin Doyle in his workshop.
Above: a Martin Doyle six key flute made from African Blackwood.
Above: a Martin Doyle nine key flute made from cocus wood.
This flute won the 'Musical Instrument' category of the 2011 RDS National Crafts Competition.
Martin Doyle does make left-handed keyed flutes for those requiring them. The cost is the same as the right-handed models. Most recently, Martin has completed left-handed keyed flutes for Barry Conaty and Garry Shannon in 2012, and for Brian Morgan (the flute pictured below) in 2013. (View testimonials from Garry Shannon and Barry Conaty.)
Above: a Martin Doyle left-handed six key flute made from Brazilian rosewood.
A recording of this flute being played can be heard here »
Adding Keys To Keyless Flutes
Martin Doyle is happy to add keys to the keyless flutes that people have purchased from him. More info »
Adjustable Screw Corks
As an optional extra, Martin Doyle can add adjustable screw corks (for allowing the pitch of the flute to be adjusted) to the headjoints of his keyed traditional flutes and the headjoints for concert flutes. More info »
All of Martin Doyle's flutes can be fitted with tuning slide, either before or after construction and purchase. Martin's thin-walled tuning slides are made of sterling silver and do not line the entire length of the head joint so that the flute can retain as much as possible the tone of the timber.
Above: a sterling silver thin-wall tuning slide set in a flute made from cocus wood.
Martin Doyle makes Baroque Flutes that are based on an eighteenth century Rottenburgh design. More info »
Above: a Martin Doyle Baroque flute made from Irish boxkwood.