All our wooden instruments are made here at the Ralph G Sweet Workshop and are subject to availability. We make them by hand (tool assisted) and therefore do not usually make large runs… Often your order will be in stock but sometimes it must be made to order and therefore will require 4 to 8 weeks or so. It doesn’t hurt to ask! Quality requires time and attention and these instruments are not mass produced in foreign lands at indentured pay and I think you will easily discern the difference in quality and service.
***Due to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) convention having taken place 24 Sept – 5 Oct 2016, beginning on 1 Jan 2017 ALL Dalbergia species have been listed as “CITES II”. This does not remove African Blackwood and Honduras Rosewood from the market place, but I will need to obtain a special export license to sell my instruments made of this wood over any international border. This will NOT affect my sales within the US itself. It will ALSO require you, the purchaser outside of the US, to obtain a permit to import. I am currently looking into the requirements for selling these materials internationally, but meanwhile I am preparing to make my products of comparable woods that are still perfectly legal to sell internationally without restrictions. Please contact me before you purchase IF you reside out of the United States.*** Please go to my orders page and listen to the news story about this issue.
A short video of me making your flutes/fifes/whistles… Thank you, Yi and Hayley!