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Native American Style Flutes
Woodsounds Flutes -- Brent Haines
We of Woodsounds Flutes strive to create instruments that allow you to play the songs of your heart.
As you gaze upon your flute and enjoy the natural beauty of the wood your heart begins to warm. The curves of the flute in your hands are smooth and enjoyable to the touch. As the flute is raised to your lips you catch the sweet aroma of the wood, reminiscent of days when life was simpler. Your breath, the breath of creation, is transformed in the flute into sweet tones that caress the ear and heal the heart. It's no secret that we search the world over for the best woods imaginable, in grades often considered unobtainable by many. Typically such wood is only used for the finest art carvings. We feel there's no more elegant or finer use for a rare woods than flute making. Well cared for flutes can last for generations. For us, flutes played are like the fibers from earth's trees calling out. Which burl do you select for your flute? It's easy ... which one calls to your feelings the most?
Wind's Song Flutes -- Scott Loomis
Stellar Flutes -- Tom, Matt & Lily Stewart
Stellar Flutes have welcomed people into this world and shepherded them into the next. They have helped people through the loss of loved ones, taken the anger out of divorce, assisted in healing the injured. They have calmed the incarcerated, and given direction to the lost. Nothing could make us happier.
Tom founded Stellar in 1995 when by a wonderful series of events he was introduced to
the Native American Flute. The experience of making flutes, honing techniques, and creatively adding to the flute- making technology has been an engaging, arduous, and fulfilling task. It has come closer than anything ever has to tapping Tom's talents and energies to their fullest. His focus is true and he loves his work.
*IMPORTANT NOTE TO OUR CUSTOMERS
Singing Tree Flutes is where you'll find
beautifully custom designed Wood Flutes, Native American style flutes,
as well as other Ethnic Wooden Flutes, inspired from different cultures
around the world, and the creative spirit within myself. (These are not
Native American made, nor do I claim to be a registered tribal member).
While vending at Trader Jacks flea market in Santa Fe, I met a flute maker named John EagleHeart. I watched him play the flutes while his son was napping next to him on a buffalo robe. I suppose he saw a gift in me and offered to teach me his craft. Within a week, I arrived at Johns house in Del Norte, Colorado, where I stayed for one month in his tipi, learning the art of flute making. This kind man is also a pipe carrier for the people, and poured for me, four of my first sweat lodge ceremonies, which is now a very important part of my life. This adventure was perfect for me, as John lived in this vast and beautiful desert with his wife and two children, in a home with no electricity or running water, and managed wonderfully. Truly a lesson of faith in the Creator's ability to provide for us. The golden eagles that circled this land were kind enough to bless me with one of their feathers, a symbol of the birth of my path on this Red Road, and the birth of Singing Tree Flutes.
Singing Tree Flutes has been in the works for eight plus years, having many different names before settling with this one. During this time, I have apprenticed many people, including Billy Spear of WildWood Flutes. We were neighbors for a long time sharing a workshop, as well as beliefs and a common goal. The goal being, to work with each other and other Artists to continuously improve our product, sharing ideas, advice and criticism. I truly believe our products are developing at an extremely rapid pace, thanks to the continuous feedback and "friendly competition" we offer each other. There is politics everywhere, including in the flute makers world, and I do my best to stay as far away from that as possible. I simply want to bring the healing beauty of the flute to people, in sound and aesthetics. Being an accomplished musician myself, I'm very critical with the tuning process, always using an electric tuner, and burning the holes for precision tuning. I demand that my flutes are perfectly tuned to themselves.
Singing Tree's "trademark flutes" are the Alternating Drone flute and the Major scale Drone flute which is similar to traditional Hungarian flutes for a beautiful Celtic sound. My flutes range in keys from high "G" to low "G". They all are clear in sound, high tonal quality and good volume with a wide octave range. The styles and designs provided are all hand crafted by myself. The possibilities are unlimited. Singing Tree's flutes are never mass produced. Much time and care is taken in creating each and every flute. No flutes are sold until they have passed my final inspection. It is my obligation to assure your 110% satisfaction. You won't be disappointed.
Shades of Rez Flutes -- Tim Blueflint
Tim Blueflint (Bad River Chippewa and Comanche) was raised in the majesty and serenity of the
An avid Native American Dancer and Singer, Tim Blueflint was highly regarded and sought after as an exhibition dancer at many pow-wows in the West. He has been a champion Hoop and Fancy Dancer, as well as a well respected singer with many traditional drum groups.
Realizing the beauty and honor of his Native American heritage, he has been steadfastly dedicated to the preservation of the traditions and arts of his ancestors in accordance to the ongoing teachings and tutelage he has received from his “Sure-Enough” Grandmother, Blackstar (Comanche), a Holy Woman for her People and renowned silversmith.
It was Grandmother Blackstar who presented Tim
Blueflint with his first flute many years ago. The result of this gift
has been the enchantment and delight of many audiences who have
described his original scores and compilations as “breathtakingly pure
and traditional… an escape from the “new age-ness”” that the Native
American flute has come to represent for many.
Now, he invites you to experience his new line of Traditional Native American Flutes, each individually crafted and painstakingly tuned. Shades of Rez flutes are made for performers by a performer. From traditional "warbling" flutes to the crystal clear and soothing voices of his contemporary flutes, you will feel and hear difference.
Quiet Bear Flutes -- Dwight Lind
My flutes are a labor of love and my goal, as a full time flute maker, is to create flutes of high quality, craftsmanship, and resonance. I have a fascination for wood, for they not only have their own characteristics from the outside, but as a piece is cut and the inside is revealed you get to see the Creator's handy work of colors and textures.
Over the years my unique antler blocks have become my signature. I hand craft each flute using only natural, non-toxic, environmentally safe products to seal and finish your flute. I then tune each flute to 440mz @ 72 degrees, sign, date and finish them off with my paw brand. It is then I believe the Creator puts the voice in them and they are ready for their journey.
These flutes are handmade in pine wood by Navajo craftsman Jonah Thompson. Jonah is Dine and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona. He was taught flute making by his uncle. The flutes are available in natural, cherry or walnut finish, and feature a hand-carved animal fetish. Each is decorated with a wild turkey feather. They have six holes and are in the key of Am. They sound awesome and are great for beginners, as well as more experienced players. Each comes with a fleece bag.
“I pray to the Creator
The Creator touches my hands
My hands touch the wood
The wood becomes a flute
May this flute give you
Peace and Happiness”
Randy Little Fox Black
While I am not an enrolled tribal member, I am proud of my Nez Perce ancestry on my father's side, and make my Native American style flutes the traditional way.
High Spirits Flutes -- Odell Borg
A message from Odell Borg:
The Native American flute and other wooden flutes styled after the Native American flute are a magical and a wonderful way to express emotions and feelings. It is very low tech yet has the most soothing, peaceful voice through which we can easily express ourselves.
Each flute includes a FREE "How to Play" DVD, instruction booklet
and fingering charts.
The fetish or carving on top of the flutes creates the sound and
needs to be in its proper position for the flute to play at its optimum
(see instruction booklet)
If the flute has a leather tie in the middle of the fingering holes
it indicates that there is another fingering hole under the leather tie
giving an extra note when ready to use.
All the flutes are based on the minor pentatonic scale.
When used as a 5-hole flute it is in the pentatonic scale. When the
6th hole under the leather tie is exposed the flute will play the
relative major key in both the Diatonic and Chromatic scales.
The mid-range and high-range flutes play 1&1/3 octaves. The bass
flutes are a one-octave instrument.
The softwoods such as Cedar have a fine balance between warmth and
clarity. The hardwoods like Walnut and Birch are very durable and have a
bright clear voice.
Our flutes are made out of a single piece of wood (uni-body) - they
are not laminated together.
The shorter flutes are very easy to play and learn on. The longer
bore flutes have a deeper voice and are recommend for those that already
play the Native flute or any other wind instrument.
Each flute has a warranty against defective workmanship for 30 days after purchase.
A note about Native American flutes - just as a "French horn" is a particular type of musical instrument, "Native American flute" refers to a particular type of musical instrument and does not imply that it was made by an enrolled member of a federally-recognized tribe. Although Odell's flutes are owned, used and endorsed by many prominent Native American musicians, High Spirits flutes are not "Native American made" as specified by the U.S. Government. If it is your desire to own a flute made by an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Native American tribe, you can find flutemakers through a web search.
Butch Hall handcrafts precision tuned native American style flutes at affordable prices. Butch builds the 15 note, extended range native American style flutes heard on many best selling native American flute albums. Butch's Little Horse A minor starter flute is the top selling native American style flute worldwide. Butch uses premium cedar and select hardwoods like walnut, maple and aspen. Occasionally, Butch will find special woods like koa, rosewood, tulipwood and others to build a few unique Native American style flutes.
"I build my flutes from exquisite, top quality, eastern red (aromatic) cedar, walnut and cherry woods. All of my flutes use the superior one piece drilled construction method. This gives you a more solid flute, without any delamination concerns that some of the two piece flutes face. Drilling is also very accurate, in as much as I can go right down the center of a flute, +/- .002 inch. That's half the thickness of a dollar bill! It also makes for a prettier flute, without the glue lines.
Our flutes use an extended range pentatonic tuning. This is sometimes called a Mode 1-Mode 4 tuning. They have a total of 15 notes, covering an octave plus a minor third. They also have a 12 tone chromatic octave within the minor pentatonic."
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