native american style flutes

many contemporary flute-makers place as much care into ...

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... what their flutes look like, as they do with the voice of each instrument.  A flute’s visual appeal, including the block design (the functional little wood piece on top of the flute), is determined by symbols that are reminders about matters of deep spirituality.  A dragonfly burned into a flute or shaped into the block might be a symbol for those things which facilitate relationship between God and humans. Ravens might be a reminder of a musician’s call to be God’s messenger of light and grace through the playing of the flute. Simple drawings of Cedar and Salmon moving up the side of the flute become a reminder that God calls each person to live life as a steward, in balance with the rest of creation.


Many flute-makers say the building of each instrument is a practice of prayer, a time of mindfully centering one’s-self in divinely-given potential for creativity, a time to hear what Spirit is saying to the builder -- whose task is to give the best-possible-voice AND appearance to a flute, so a message is received by whoever plays the flute, as well as those who listen to the mystical music.

lacewood flute by J.P. Gomez
lacewood flute by J.P. Gomez
yellow cypress flute by Barry Higgins
yellow cypress flute by Barry Higgins
tiger maple flute by Tommy Lee
tiger maple flute by Tommy Lee
walnut flute by Hawk & Geri Littlejohn
walnut flute by Hawk & Geri Littlejohn
yellow cedar flute by Geoffrey Ellis
yellow cedar flute by Geoffrey Ellis
old growth redwood flute by J.P. Gomez
old growth redwood flute by J.P. Gomez
spruce flute by Colyn & Kitty Petersen
spruce flute by Colyn & Kitty Petersen
red cedar with lacquer & ebony by Stellar
red cedar with lacquer & ebony by Stellar
drone flute by Leonard McGann
drone flute by Leonard McGann
figured maple flute by Earl Tharp
figured maple flute by Earl Tharp
birch wood branch flute by Dale
birch wood branch flute by Dale
bamboo flute by Dale
bamboo flute by Dale
maple quenajave flute by Geoffrey Ellis
maple quenajave flute by Geoffrey Ellis
tropical driftwood flute by Dale
tropical driftwood flute by Dale
cypress flute by Colyn Petersen
cypress flute by Colyn Petersen
J.P. Gomez flute
J.P. Gomez flute

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