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It's a Tune in your Pocket! Durable. Lightweight. Portable.

My name is Joseph Cowlishaw and I am a flute maker.  I am currently pursuing a project to create the production WOW Flute!™.  It is a durable, lightweight, and portable, musical instrument that is fully chromatic.  Basically, one can play practically anything on a WOW Flute!™ anywhere! 

The production WOW Flute!™ will be created through the injection mold process, which will allow for the production to be streamlined and expanded to meet demand. The WOW Flute!™ will be made out of an extremely durable, food grade (safe for the mouth) material. This will extend the durability and life of the flute and will open it to withstand being stepped on, sat on, or dropped. 

The WOW Flute!™ has been designed by some of the same individuals who have worked on the design of Bosch Kitchen appliances, and will meet the tough requirements of hiking, camping, and the outdoors.  I have chose to have the flute fastened with screws, rather than snapped together.  This gives it a more rugged appearance and adds to the strength.

First SLS 3D printed Prototype
First SLS 3D printed Prototype

     Above: Coyote Song played with the latest prototyp of the production WOW Flute! This was recorded using GarageBand on an iPhone by Joseph Cowlishaw.

A tuned prototype WOW Flute!™ has been created using the SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) method, modeled after the extremely popular Handmade WOW Flute!™ (Available on our website: wowflute.com).

Each WOW Flute!™ is paired with a fingering chart and a song that makes learning to play a snap. Of course, like any instrument, the WOW Flute!™ takes a bit of practice to get your fingers used to the size and positions of the finger holes for the notes. It is as simple as a recorder to play but much easier to carry because it can hang around your neck, slip into your pocket, or clip onto your belt loop. 

Fingering Chart
Fingering Chart

Most people who see and hear the WOW Flute!™ drop their jaws and widen their eyes and exclaim "WOW"! The sound that is produced from a WOW Flute! is very clear and precise. 

Our next step is to produce a high quality mold through CNC Tooling processes. Before reaching this stage any issues must be solved with chamber and hole size as well as resonant quality of materials. 

We have had several collaboration meetings with a Southern Utah (USA) based Manufacturer and they have the WOW Flute!™ on their radar for an April / May production schedule. The first WOW Flutes!™ produced will be solid Terra Cotta in color and may have a texture applied. 

We are very excited and invested in this project to see it from conception through materialization and distribution!

REWARDS:

$10 - Earlybird! Get the cool production WOW Flute! 

$12 - You procrastinated, but still get a cool production WOW Flute!

Yay! Wahoo! Awesome!
Yay! Wahoo! Awesome!

$25 - You'll play your WOW Flute like a pro in no time! 

$50 - Sip... Whistle... Sip... Whistle...

$150 - Sculptural WOW Flute!

$250 - Custom Sculptural WOW Flute!  

$500 - Why not?

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

When our project is fully funded, the tooling will be completed and the first production run will be started. The unique challenges that we may face is that the actual material will vary from the prototype in hardness. This may lead to a design change, and a production change to add additional functionality by sealing the seam with a over-molded rubber coating or simply adding a seal during assembly. With the prototype, this has been determined unnecessary as the bolts are able to achieve an adequate airtight seal. The WOW Flute!™ is our complete focus. We are determined to face and turn any obstacle that we may encounter into an opportunity for growth and learning! Thank you for all of your support! We have many excellent quality rewards to choose from.

FAQ

  • No. The production model has been prototyped and with the funds from this project we will be able to create the tooling and produce them!

    The handmade version is shown and is available as well as the production model as an option!

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