Forest Flute English
Flûte de Bois French

Listed only by Irwin, who says:

A stop-name used to refer to a variety of Flute tones at either 8' or 4' on the manuals. The smaller-scaled Waldflöte or Orchestral Flute fulfills this definition in tone, but this Flute de Bois sounds other elements as well. The full-toned, smooth effect of the Clarabella is in it, as well as some horn-like overtones; other examples are said to have a “woolly” indistinct timbre. It has also been made at 2' and 1', and heard in all divisions as a solo or ensemble voice. A well-polished upper lip or pipe-front of hardwood with rounded shape aids in making this unique tone quality.

Compare with Flûte des Bois. See also Bois Celeste.


All known examples are listed below.

Forest Flute 4', Swell; Troy Music Hall, Troy, New York, USA; Odell 1882, 1890.

Forest Flute 4', Gallery-Swell; St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, USA; Kilgen 1930.

Forest Flute 4', Great; St. Joseph's Church, Dyer, Indiana, USA; Kimball 1933.

Forest Flute 4', Swell; Cadet Chapel, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA; Moller.

Forest Flute 4', Choir; John Wanamaker Store, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Forest Flute 4', Solo; First Presbyterian Church, Medford, Oregon, USA; Schoenstein.

Forest Flute 4', Choir; St. Paul's Parish (Episcopal), Washington, D.C., USA; Schoenstein 1996.

Flute de Bois 8', Pedale; Oral Roberts University Chapel, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; Lawrence Phelps 1975.

Flûte de Bois 8', Recit; Pacific Union College Church, Angwin, California, USA; Rieger 1984.

Flûte de Bois 4', Swell; First Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA; Goulding & Wood 2002. Open wood pipes, regular pipes (i.e. not inverted), 2" x 2-1/2" at CC, lead conical pipes for #50-61.

Flute de Bois 2', Recit Expressif; Oral Roberts University Chapel, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; Lawrence Phelps 1975.


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