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Ventana Western Flyer "Outside" Whistle

$ 32.50

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This small, wooden whistle is made from Douglas fir from the hull of the Western Flyer, considered by many to be the most famous fishing boat in the world. John Steinbeck, Ed "Doc" Ricketts and crew sailed this 77-foot sardine boat into the Sea of Cortez in Baja Western FlyerCalifornia, Mexico in 1940. The following year, Steinbeck published his book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, about the adventure. Learn more about this amazing boat and Ventana's use of its wood.

Each whistle has one side on which we've kept the rough, outside edge of the hull. We do this by design to highlight the wood's provenance.


These reclaimed wooden whistles are handmade in Santa Cruz, California by Ventana's expert artisan, Martijn Stiphout. They include a piece of 500lb paracord left over from the production of Khordz Handmade Mugs and a Ventana hang tag made from Honduras mahogany offcuts from Santa Cruz Guitar Company production. 

We donate 5% of profits from the sale of these bookmarks to the Western Flyer Foundation.


Khordz MugsWhen a big set of waves begins forming "outside" the line-up, surfers will often whistle to each other to signal what's coming. This whistle pays homage to that tradition. And, if you're surfing and need a leash cord, use the included piece of paracord for exactly that purpose!

John Steinbeck

Western Flyer Foundation

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  • Ventana Surfboards & Supplies has the highest bars for artisanship and environmental responsibility. We create hollow-framed, reclaimed wood surfboards; bodysurfing handplanes; eco surf apparel, and sustainable surf supplies that are loved by adventurers everywhere. The Ventana team lives and works in Santa Cruz, California where we test our products on some of the most challenging waves on the planet. Ventana donates at least 5% of profits to ocean conservation.

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