I just tried the Casey Burns folk flute for about two minutes and it seems much easier to play than my Tipple flute made of PVC pipe (which is much easier to play than my molded plastic Dixon flute, which sounds horrible, anyway). It has exactly the nice properties for which Grey Larsen recommends it to beginners. The weight isn’t so bad, on account of good balance and the small-hand fingering, but I’m sure I’ll be even happier with a lighter flute in boxwood, especially if it is even a little bit quieter. The main problem with boxwood, for me, would be its greater fragility.
I might want one of the finger holes moved ever so slightly on my boxwood, but I’ll have to try some more.
Being able to blow the flute more easily will help me relax my grip, too.