Kristen Helberg - Paintings, Murals, and Vinegar Grained Boxes

Kristin Helberg

Vinegar Graining a Native American flute

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Robin Tillery and grained Native American flute

Robin Tillery and grained Native American flute

Every summer I teach a week long class on Early American vinegar graining at Common Ground at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.  

Robin Tillery of Scot/Cherokee heritage, teaches Native American flute making in the studio next to mine.  This summer, Robin asked me if it would be possible to grain one of his wooden flutes.   I told him any wooden object that could be painted, could be grained.

One evening when we were both finished teaching for the day, Robin brought in one of his wooden flutes.  I showed him the color combinations and patterns that were possible and he chose an emerald green with black graining.   Three hours later he had his magical flute.