5 Foot Shaolin Kung Fu Flute


A custom bamboo flute design by Thomas Richardson Music, inspired by the bamboo flute that David Carradine built and plays in scenes from Kill Bill. The flute featured in the Kill Bill films is a David Carradine bamboo flute design.

David was a unique flute builder, grew his own bamboo, harvested it, and designed amazing and unique exotic bamboo flutes for himself. He tended to set the breath hole a couple or a few cells down the bamboo near the center depending on what length of bamboo he was making his flute out of. The flute he designed for the film, the Silent Flute is an example of his creative flute building genius. The flutes I am listing on Etsy are very similar lengths and look like the flutes Carradine made for Kill Bil.

My Shaolin flutes are built from cured Chinese bamboo at around 1 1/4 inch in diameter and each piece varies a bit, no two bamboo poles are exactly the same ... each flute is unique and one of a kind. 57 inches in length which is longer than others selling KBFs on Etsy with a double or triple cell chamber of bamboo pole length above the breath hole and built in the David Carradine Kill Bill flute style. The flute can be rested on the left shoulder like a violin when playing . Plays the Major Pentatonic and the Minor Pentatonic scale 4 holes on top with a thumb hole on the back like a Shakuhachi flute. 2 + octave range. A440 tuning. Natural in look there are no carvings or artwork on this flute. Can be used as a walking stick flute like the Shaolin monks.

All holes are burnt via burning rods. The bore is created via burning and then colored in cherry red. Fire and water are used exclusively within my flute building process. Brown hemp bindings are added.

The length and feel of this flute is inspired by the flutes of the ancient Shaolin Kung Fu masters who used their flutes as instruments and also as protective weapons. This is an amazing and well crafted flute!


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Shipping from United States

All flutes are shipped via United States Postal Service and shipped USPS Priority in the USA and USPS First Class International to all other Countries.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

All Sales are final. If a flute is damaged in shipping I will rebuild and re-ship at my expense.