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Handcrafted from bronze and other precious metals, the Relic Wowflute Ocarina is a treasured, one of a kind experience.
Handcrafted from bronze and other precious metals, the Relic Wowflute Ocarina is a treasured, one of a kind experience.
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The Relic Wowflute - Pocket Ocarina

Handcrafted out of bronze and other precious metals, the Relic Wowflute is truly a one of a kind experience when it comes to jewelry.  It was envisioned with dual functionality in mind.  It is a fully functional ocarina and a classy piece of art to treasure for a lifetime. Back our project and discover the Relic Wowflute for yourself!

The Relic Wowflute can be used as jewelry and for playing a beautiful tune.  I did some research and found a material that allowed for making our popular original Swirl Wowflute out of Bronze and other precious metals. 

The goal of this Kickstarter project is to purchase the needed equipment to create the Relic Wowflute at an economical and reproducible scale.  In order for this to happen I will need a small jewelers kiln which can fire to a temperature and hold for a specified time.  I will also need more supplies to create the Relic Wowflute to the finish and quality desired.  The Kickstarter funds will also help in securing the packaging (Heartwood Creation Secret Boxes), and will help me to adapt my pottery studio to include working with metal.

Each Relic Wowflute is made with the end in mind.  I have always loved dual functionality when applied to products and the Relic is no exception. I wanted to make the Relic a high quality piece of jewelry that can be worn and played anywhere and treasured like a relic.

The process of metalwork is exciting! Working with fire and metal has always been a dream of mine! 

Burning the binder out of the prototype
Burning the binder out of the prototype

I used my ceramic pottery Kiln to produce the prototype, but the process is not refined enough to replicate exceptional product.  Having a Jewelry Kiln that can be adjusted and programmed will make the Relic Wowflute much easier to produce and will take a large amount of guesswork out of the equation.

Sintering the Relic Wowflute in Coconut Carbon
Sintering the Relic Wowflute in Coconut Carbon

The Relic prototype that I created has been such a fun instrument to play.  The sound is different than my popular Swirl Wowflute and seems to resonate with a perfect clarity.  The Relic weighs in at approximately two ounces which is four times the weight of the original Swirl Wowflute.

A Treasured Relic Wowflute
A Treasured Relic Wowflute

Each reward level chosen with either a Swirl or Relic Wowflute will receive all the music fingerings I have created thus far (a $20 value) in PDF delivered electronically to an email you provide. This will also include new music fingerings that are not currently available on my website. 

Chicken scratch that I then draw up in CAD
Chicken scratch that I then draw up in CAD
The epitome of the desert southwest where I produce the Wowflutes!
The epitome of the desert southwest where I produce the Wowflutes!

Below is a short list of songs that are included with your rewards:

Song List:

  • Amazing Grace
  • Andy Griffith Show
  • Iron Man
  • La Cucaracha
  • Matrimony (Italian Tune)
  • Midevil Village Tune (Original by me)
  • Oh Suzanna
  • Oompa Loompa
  • Red River Valley
  • Tarantella
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Violin Concerto
  • You are my Sunshine
  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
  • Book of Mormon Stories
  • Cantina Band (Star Wars)
  • Called To Serve
  • Choose The Right
  • Count your many Blessings
  • High on the Mountain Top
  • I Am a Child of God
  • I Love to see the Temple
  • If you could Hie to Kolob
  • The Iron Rod
  • Keep The Commandments
  • Love at Home
  • The Garden Hymn
  • When the Saints Come Marching In
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Lost Woods
  • the Lonely Goater (Sound of Music)
  • Tugboat Theme - (Disney)
  • Old Carnival Tune (Original by me)

I know you will be satisfied with your Relic Wowflute because I have been blown away by the results and the quality myself. This is by far my favorite Wowflute I have produced - and that's saying a lot because I have been making flutes for nearly fifteen years now.  Thank you for your time in reviewing my project - I am really excited to produce the Relic and get a new type of pocket instrument with intrinsic value out to the world!

About the Rewards

Each Relic Wowflute is handcrafted by me out of bronze and will come with a lanyard. Each one will be packaged in a velvet bag inside a beautiful Heartwood Creations Secret Box with a Kokopelli flute player glyph engraved on the lid. 

Relic Wowflute & Heartwood Creations Box
Relic Wowflute & Heartwood Creations Box

USPS first class shipping is included with all rewards. International shipping is an extra $10 for USPS International first class. Please keep in mind that international shipping can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, though I will keep backers updated as shipments are completed. US packages will come with tracking, but unfortunately, international packages will not as it's too cost prohibitive.  

These are special kickstarter prices, once I start selling these items in my shop (when I am funded) the prices will be higher. For now I am keeping them as affordable as I can as a thank you for helping make this possible!

Backer Rewards

THE SWIRL WOWFLUTE

Own a very unique swirl patterned Wowflute that the Relic is based on.  I make and tune each individually out of sturdy polymer clays.  $10 Level

THE HONEYMOON

Receive two Original Handmade Wowflutes.  $25 Level

THE THIRD WHEEL

A Swirl Wowflute for you and your significant other. Oh, and one more for the other other.  $35 Level

THE FAMILY PACKAGE

Receive 5 Swirl Wowflutes and all the music available via PDF! Go on that camping trip and play kumbuya together!  $50 Level

THE WOWFLUTE MUG

It's a Tune in your Mug! Take a sip, play a song, relax by the campfire and have the most unique drinking vessel!  Our quality Wowflute Mugs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors. It has a false bottom that allows it to be used as a standard mug - but everyone will wonder why there are holes in it.  The base is a fully tuned and functional six hole ocarina based on my fingering method.  I make all the mugs by throwing them on my pottery wheel and then cutting it all to pieces, tuning and reassembling. Sure to make anyone smile!  $65 Level

THE BRONZE AGE REINVENTED - Retail Value = $99

The Relic Wowflute is our most stunning product yet! This exquisite brilliant bronze will reflect the beauty of your surroundings! Shaped and tuned with care and fired in the sintering heat of the kiln, each Relic is then sanded smooth to make the color gleam. The new Relic Wowflute is a pocket flute with heirloom quality in mind. The clarity of tone is enhanced when fired as they shrink by 20%.  Each one comes with all the music currently available (delivered electronically via PDF), packaged neatly in a velvet bag and placed in a Heartwood Creations Secret Box.  $65 Level (earlybird) & $75 Level

MOKUME-GANE RELIC - Retail Value = $125

Be one of the First to own the Relic Wowflute Swirl - Swirled in fine Copper, Brilliant Bronze, and Steel for a beautiful one-of-a-kind pattern. Shaped and tuned with care and fired in the sintering heat of a kiln. Each Wowflute is then sanded smooth and treated with Baldwin’s Patina to make sure the colors gleam. The Relic Wowflute is a pocket flute with heirloom quality in mind. Each Relic Wowflute comes with all the music currently available (delivered electronically via PDF), packaged neatly in a velvet bag and placed inside a Heartwood Creations Secret Box.          $85 Level (earlybird) & $100 Level

THE SILVERSMITH RELIC- Retail Value = $295

Made with nearly two ounces of fine silver! This Relic Wowflute will be cherished by all who buy. The new Relic Wowflute is a pocket flute with heirloom quality in mind. Each Relic Wowflute comes with all the music currently available (delivered electronically via PDF), packaged neatly in a velvet bag and placed inside a Heartwood Creations Secret Box.  $225 Level

THE GOLDEN TICKET - Retail Value = $3500

The Relic Wowflute made Mokume-Gane style in warm 22kt Gold and Shakudō (a Japanese alloy) dark blueish black swirl. Neatly packaged in a velvet bag inside a Heartwood Creations Secret Box.

Example of Japanese Mokume Gane Style swirl patterns in copper, bronze, and steel.
Example of Japanese Mokume Gane Style swirl patterns in copper, bronze, and steel.
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Thank you for backing my project!

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges that I forsee with the completion of the Relic Wowflute project is mainly time. Because I am the only one that is working on the project rewards, there may be delays in producing larger quantities.

Another challenge will be the learning curve involved with new equipment and processes that I have not used before. Incorporating metal into my ceramics studio may create problems with cross-contamination with clay.

Since I have created a functional, beautiful, prototype, I feel confident that I have worked out many of the difficulties with this project already and have shown my ability to create and fulfill this project.

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    THE THIRD WHEEL - A Swirl Wowflute for you and your significant other. Oh, and one more for the other other. Comes with a PDF Music book as well as the new Cantina Band song adapted for Wowflute.

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    EARLYBIRD RELIC - The Bronze Age reinvented. Retail value = $99. Brilliant bronze Relic Wowflute! Packaged in a velvet bag inside a heartwood creations secret box.

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    THE RELIC - The Bronze Age reinvented. Retail Value = $99. Brilliant bronze Relic Wowflute! Packaged in a velvet bag inside a heartwood creations secret box.

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    EARLYBIRD RELIC Swirl - Retail Value = $125. Styled after traditional Japanese metalwork the Relic Wowflute Swirl is a beautiful mix of copper, steel, and bronze. Be one of the First to own the Relic Wowflute Swirl.

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    BEST OF BOTH WORLDS - You get a Bronze Relic Wowflute and a Swirl Wowflute in a color of your choice!

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    MOKUME-GANE RELIC SWIRL. Retail Value = $125. Styled after traditional Japanese metalwork the Relic Wowflute Swirl is a beautiful mix of copper, steel, and bronze.

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    THE SILVERSMITH - The Relic Wowflute made with nearly two ounces of fine silver!

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    THE GOLDEN TICKET - The Relic Wowflute made Mokume-Gane style in warm 22kt Gold and Shakudō (a Japanese alloy of gold and copper) dark blueish black swirl. Neatly package in a velvet bag inside a Heartwood Creations Secret Box.

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