Historically speaking, fine flutes and piccolos have been crafted from old growth African Grenadilla, Jamaican Cocus or European Boxwood. Over-harvesting in the latter part of the 19th Century and early 20th Century unfortunately depleted a great amount of the world's supply of instrument quality hardwoods. Fine wood is becoming increasingly difficult to source, and less time is being taken to cure and season these precious resources yielding instruments of lesser quality.
Pettry Piccolos was very fortunate to have been born at a facility where oboes were manufactured. Geometrically, Oboes are bigger on the outside and smaller on the inside than piccolos. Many pieces of wood that were not dimensionally appropriate for oboes were saved over the course of decades in the hopes that one day they would find a purpose. It was the Blue Ridge Mountains that many pieces of this vintage, old growth timber were passed on, with some billets already over a century old! Furthermore Pettry Piccolos partnered with their elusive wood supplier who in many cases has stored rare hardwoods for decades. At long last, rare old-growth timbers have been rediscovered and are being put to use.
Many of our woods came to us already seasoned and ready to for use. But a great deal of work goes into preparing a piece of timber to optimize its acoustic potential. Proper cutting, drying, synthesis of temperature extremes, resin infusions, and more importantly... time. Wood is never rushed in our workshop, nor is it disrespected. At Pettry Piccolos, we acknowledge that each piece of wood only aspires to be a tree, and we do whatever we can to slowly convince it to become a world class piece of art. Within our walls, our woods are attended with the utmost care and discerning attention, individually assessing the needs and status of each unique billet to maximize its sound and aesthetic beauty.
Satisfying our Artists is our utmost concern, and our dedication to your satisfaction extends beyond the standards of any manufacturer. Every Pettry Piccolo or Headjoint is guaranteed against cracking for one year, and should such a situation arise, it will be repaired or replaced entirely at our expense. Furthermore, we acknowledge that some individuals may occasionally develop an allergy to certain exotic woods. While an allergy to a solid timber is a rare occurrence as compared to the dust produced in the manufacturing process, we offer a lifetime exchange policy, headjoint or body tubing only, to the original purchaser should any allergy arise. Ever. Terms and Conditions may apply.
Grenadilla: Dalbergia Melanoxylon, more commonly known in the international community as African Blackwood, is universally prized by flutemakers for its hardness, stability, depth of sound, and its ability to acquire a spectacular finish. Ethically sourced from Mozambique, Grenadilla is a fine-grained wood that is resistant to decay and moisture.
Mopani: Colophospermum Mopane from South African countries like Angola and Malawi, is a dense, finely grained timber that is quite similar to Grenadilla in most capacities. Similarly heavy and oily, Mopani has a sound that is similar in depth and complexity to Grenadilla, but offers an opulent sweetness that is not readily available with Dalbergia Melanoxylon.
Cocobolo: Dalbergia Retusa, is a stunning timber who's depth of color is only surpassed by its breadth of aesthetic beauty. Ethically harvested from the rainforests of Guatemala, Cocobolo is an incredibly dense wood with striking color and figure. Varying in hues from amber to violet, garnet to ebony, this wood darkens and continues to mellow in timbre and appearance over time. Extremely rare specimens, the majority of our inventory, we lovingly call 'Eclipse Cocobolo,' due to it's solid black color and high resin content.
Kingwood: Dalbergia Cearensis is indigenous to select regions of Latin and South America, ours coming from a remote location in Brazil. This wood varies from a vibrant violet color to a dark brown-mauve. It's one of the hardest and perhaps the strongest members of the rosewood family, and lends itself to a sweet and radiant character.
Rosewood: Dalbergia Stevensonii from Honduras is difficult to acquire in woodwind grade quality timber. Generally a very light wood in weight and color, the rare dark red pieces are heavy and well suited to an instrument with complexity and presence. Usually pale rose or orange in color, our selection typically ranges from a crimson to dark garnet, and takes a highly polished finish.
Olivewood: Olea Hochstetteri from Italy is a dense, finely grained wood featuring pale yellows and striking wood grain. Lightweight when compared to more traditional woods, Olivewood possesses a vibrant sound with a broad spectrum of tone color and an expansive texture palette. Available in headjoinst