Koa ukulele made with Mike DaSilva!

  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform in Gainesville on Friday, Dec. 2, and I’m delighted  I’ll be in the audience. There’s something inspiring about group musical performances. I developed that enthusiasm for musical groupwork from my own experience of playing clarinet in the high school band. Our band director would lead us through rehearsal […]

GLAM 2016 poster

Let my WrenSong Woods handcrafted creations be part of your holiday gift giving. You can shop my Etsy Store online — open 24/7 for your shopping convenience. Save 30 percent on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) and on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) on the purchase of any of my kanteles. The kantele — a string instrument […]

Quilt & Bluegrass Festival 2016 - logo

If you’re looking for a holiday shopping opportunity for crafted items with the bonus of Bluegrass music and quilts, the Quilt and Bluegrass Festival is the place for you. The festival is Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Thornebrook Village in Gainesville. Admission is free. For music lovers, I’ll be […]

Gene Webb and Judy Robinson

My first carving lesson happened in an unexpected way. I was in Townsend, Tennessee, doing some hiking in the Smokies and had breakfast in one of the local restaurants. The server and I got into a discussion about pyrography. I had just started wood burning on my flutes, and the server told me that she […]

Showing size difference.

My spoon carving started when I purchased a Fiskars X7 hatchet. The hatchet tempted me because it was light, affordable and I thought it would be what I needed to carve spoons.  It was a great starting hatchet, but it took a bit to keep it sharp.   After a while I realized I was not […]

McIntosh 1890 Festival wagon

Looking for a fun Saturday activity with food, music, and the opportunity to purchase crafts for holiday gift giving? The McIntosh 1890 Festival is the event for you. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic McIntosh, Florida. The event is free with more than 280 vendors — and […]

The spot I was playing at on Dripping Springs trail.

You will know when you are playing your Native American style flute well because birds and animals will gather to listen. I first noticed this phenomenon in my backyard when Carolina Wrens came and sat on the fence and started singing along with me while I played my Native American style flute.  This is how […]