The wooden flutes I make are two-chambered flutes with six finger holes, now
commonly referred to as Native American style flutes. This flute originated here in
what today is known as North America and Canada. It has been in existence for
hundreds of years; so clearly, indigenous people have their own names for this flute .
Although my own ancestry stems from other continents, my approach to working with
this style flute honors a deep respect for its place of origin. The teachings passed
on to me in the art of flute making could be considered an old, traditional style of
flute making whereby flutes were originally made with only hand tools. They were
then tuned and finished within the relationship between the flute maker and the
The flutes are tuned in the pentatonic scale . This lends itself to playing in a
compatible relationship with other instruments.
At this point in my flute making, I combine both old style with contemporary tuning
to create a six hole style flute most often referred to as a woodland style flute.
I’m grateful for the teachings that have been passed along to me so that I can
continue to find the keepers of my flutes, and that they too can form
a relationship with the flute.
The flute has a powerful way of connecting people in many ways.
May these gifts become yours.