The images below are representations of the simple system wooden flutes that have been hand-crafted by Martin Doyle over the years. Also include are photographs of Martin at work, playing music, in the company of friends and participating in various ceremonies, festivals and music events.

Martin Doyle's Flutes

Celtic Flutes

Martin Doyle Celtic style flute.
Martin Doyle Celtic style flute.
Martin Doyle Celtic style flute.
Martin Doyle Celtic style flute.

For more information and prices, visit Celtic Flutes »


Traditional Flutes

Standard keyless Martin Doyle traditional style flute made from African Blackwood.
Standard keyless Martin Doyle traditional style flute made from Cocus wood (a timber that is unfortunately no longer available).
Standard keyless Martin Doyle traditional style flute made from Boxwood.
Standard keyless Martin Doyle traditional style flute made from New Zealand Kanuka wood.

For more information and prices, visit Traditional Flutes »


Special Flutes

This is a special flute that Martin Doyle made for the spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy.

Keyed Flutes

Two Martin Doyle keyed flutes (three and six key) made from African Blackwood.
Keys on a Martin Doyle flute made from African blackwood.
A Martin Doyle left handed six key flute made from Rosewood.
Martin Doyle hand-makes all of his keys from sterling silver.

For more information and prices, visit Keyed Flutes »


Award Winning Nine Key Flute

Key-work on the footjoint of the Martin Doyle nine key flute being constructed.
Martin Doyle nine key flute ready to assemble.
Finished key-work on the award winning Martin Doyle nine key flute – body and footjoint.
The finished award winning Martin Doyle nine key flute made from Cocus wood.

The nine key flute featured above won first prize in the 'Musical Instruments' category of the 2011 Royal Dublin Society National Crafts Awards.
Read more: Martin Doyle Wins RDS National Craft Award »


Tuning Slides

A thin-walled sterling silver tuning slide set in a Martin Doyle traditional style keyless flute made of African Blackwood.
A thin-walled sterling silver tuning slide set in a Martin Doyle traditional style keyless flute made of African Blackwood.
A thin-walled sterling silver tuning slide set in a Martin Doyle traditional style flute made from African blackwood.
A thin-walled sterling silver tuning slide set in a Martin Doyle traditional style left-handed six key flute made from Rosewood.

For more information and prices, visit Tuning Slides »


Baroque Flutes

Three Martin Doyle Baroque flutes made from Boxwood
The headjoint of a Martin Doyle Baroque flutes made from Boxwood.
The first and second tenons on a Martin Doyle Baroque flute made of boxwood.
The footjoint, key and register foot detail of a Martin Doyle Baroque flute made from Boxwood.

For more information and prices, visit Baroque Flutes »


Wooden Headjoints for Concert Flutes

Martin Doyle Wooden Headjoints for Concert Flutes.
Martin Doyle Wooden Headjoints for Concert Flutes.
Martin Doyle Wooden Headjoints for Concert Flutes.
A deconstructed adjustable screw cork mechanism that Martin Doyle offers as an optional extra with his wooden headjoints. The adjustable screw corks allow for the pitch of the flute to be adjusted and are generally only added to headjoints for concert flutes and keyed tradtional flutes.

For more information and prices, visit Wooden Headjoints for Concert Flutes »


The Workshop

Martin Doyle in his workshop in County Clare with flutes at various stages of completion in the background.
Having had the keys fitted, the body of a three key flute awaits its headjoint.
Turning thin-walled tuning slides on the engineer's lathe.
The body of a keyed flute made from cocus wood awaits attention in the wood turning lathe.
The body of a keyed flute made from cocus wood sits in the lathe.
A wide variety of flutes and flute parts stand, like soldiers at attention, in Martin Doyle's workshop.
Sterling silver ferrules and tuning slides prepared and ready for use.
Six newly finished and freshly oiled keyed and keyless flutes await new homes in Martin Doyle's workshop.
Martin Doyle's flutes come in a robust case with cork grease and an oiling stick. Wooden cases are also available at extra cost.
A small shrine that occupies a space in Martin Doyle's workshop.

Images of Martin Doyle

At Work

Martin Doyle working at the engineer's lathe.
Martin Doyle working at the wood turning lathe.
Martin Doyle boring timber on an engineer's lathe.
Martin Doyle sanding flute bodies an a wood turning lathe.
Martin Doyle working at a lathe.
Martin Doyle working at the engineer's lathe.
Martin Doyle testing a newly finished traditional style flute.
Martin Doyle plays a tune with young Barry Conaty.
Martin Doyle presents a keyed flute to his friend and part-time assistant Brian Morgan, who is a local flute player.
Martin Doyle's assistant Gwenn Frin, a musician and athlete who is originally from Rennes in the northwest of France, pauses from her work in Martin's workshop.

At Events and Festivals

Martin Doyle and Gwenn Frin performing at the opening ceremony of the Irish leg of the 2010 World Harmony Run in Dublin.
Martin Doyle and friends share some tunes at the three day Art In Action
Martin Doyle playing an Irish traditional tune with pipers Ronan Browne and Seán McKiernan.
In 2009 Martin Doyle visited Tanzania.
In 2011 Martin Doyle was awarded first prize in the 'Musical Instruments' category of the RDS National Craft Awards for a nine key flute made of cocus wood.
In November 2011 Martin Doyle took part in '3 Instrument Makers (and their music)'.
Martin Doyle talks to the audience before playing a traditonal Irish piece.
2005: Martin Doyle teaching whistle at the Bray School Project.

Among Friends and Musicians

Martin Doyle presents spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy with a three key flute on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
Martin Doyle listens as Sri Chinmoy plays the flute on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
Martin Doyle with Elizabeth Petcu (flute) and Deborah Armstrong (piano).
Martin Doyle with his good friend Cathal McConnell for whom Martin has made several flutes for over the years.
Martin Doyle playing tunes with some young friends at a special event in Shankill, County Dublin.
Martin Doyle with his friend Diarmuid Breathnach in Bray, County Wicklow.
Martin Doyle at the 2011 RDS National Crafts Awards ceremony with his good friend John Rogers who is an Aikido Instructor and a flute player.
Martin Doyle also attended the 2011 RDS National Crafts Awards ceremony with his assistant Gwenn Frin.
Martin Doyle performs with friends at a session in The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant in Christchurch, New Zealand, in December 2014.
December 2014: Martin Doyle playing tunes with his friends Shardul (flute) and Anurakta (guitar) in the dining room of The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Related Links

The following links relate to some of the people and activities in the photos above in the order that they appear in the gallery.