Each Folkers & Powell flute
is made from the finest materials available: air-dried,
quartered English boxwood, Sri Lankan ebony, handmade
sterling silver keywork, and hand-forged brass
springs (or tempered steel for Tromlitz flutes).
Mounts are made from an artificial ivory material
of cast polyester resin. Under all but the closest
scrutiny it is the visual equal of ivory, and
has proved at least equally strong and durable.
Folkers & Powell flutes normally follow their
originals in choice of wood. When there is a historical
precedent for the same instrument being made in
more than one material, we offer the choice, because
we have noticed that many players are more naturally
suited to one wood over another, and some simply
prefer the particular quality of sound given by
a certain material.
Our flutes are made using tools
as much like those that produced the original
instruments as we can make them, without going
to absurd extremes. We have reconstructed about
100 reamers to reproduce the very irregular conical
bores of the instruments. In models where the
toneholes are undercut with fraises (small metal
cutters passed up inside the bore), we make mouldings
of the originals and fabricate tooling to reproduce
precisely the right shape. Where the undercutting
is done with scrapers, files or gouges, we follow
a similar procedure. This degree of care makes
the feel, sound and intonation of our copies as
much like their originals as they can be.