This was the first curved top flute case I made. It was designed for the flute maker Robert Bigio to hold a beautiful 1896 Rudall Carte flute he lovingly restored. I wanted to keep it as light as possible and to get as close to the feel and shape of one of the original Rudall Carte leather covered cases, whilst still being essentially a wooden box.It is made in American black walnut and features a snakewood line around the lid. The fittings are good quality brass and it is finished in Danish oil and waxed.
This shows a detail of one end inlaid with the snakewood line.
The interior is fitted out in a similar fashion to the originals, but here using a deep blue pig suede. With the body and footjoint all in one piece the case is unusually long so there is enough room in it for two headjoints - one wooden and one silver if required.The headjoint shown here is not the original and is made by someone whose name I believe begins with 'Y' - but which escapes me at the moment.
This shows the comparison between my case and its Rudall Carte ancestor from the late C19th. I have tried to keep the slim, elegant user-friendly shape.And the famous Rudall Carte label from the original case ...