Bansuri, Baans + Sur [ Bamboo + Musical Note. ]
Bansuri, is made exclusively out of Bamboo. Bamboos used in creating Bansuri Flutes are specific species that are found mostly in the north eastern and southern regions of India. These specific species of Bamboos have a sufficient long length between nodes and the wall thickness is thin making them suitable to create Bansuris.
Bamboo is very resilient and strong. Equally enough it is very fragile. A hard knock or any rough treatment can result in the Bansuri developing a crack. Below are some suggestions to ensure a long, mellifluous life of your Bansuri.
Oiling : Inside the Bansuri Only.
In the long run, oiling helps to protect the Bansuri against the effects of repeated moisture, temperature and humidity fluctuation. Oil should be applied inside the Bansuri especially in the area of the blowing hole. To apply oil to the interior, some sort of swabbing device may be made to reach up into the bore. A swab of oil - saturated cotton cloth [ but not dripping ] is tied to an ordinary wooden dowel. While oiling please ensure that the dowel does not touch the stopper at the blowing hole.
Points to remember when Oiling your Bansuri :
Protection from Thermal and Mechanical Shocks :
The main mode of Bamboo Flutes failure is through cracking. Bamboo is composed of thousands of longitudinal fibers running across the length of the Bamboo. A small crack at one point may not take much to propagate along the whole length. Cracks are caused mainly by exposing the Bansuri to extreme temperatures and hard knocks.
Bamboo, is very sensitive to temperature changes.
Ways to take general but important care of your Bansuri :
Note : Dowel Sticks are available in the USA at stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware.
If requested, One World Flutes will include a Dowel Stick with your Flute when shipped.