Cherry WrenSong flute with zebra wood bird.

I typically don’t do special orders – unless the situation is unique and intrigues me. Ray from Wales presented one of those intriguing situations. He emailed to say he had found my blog and really wanted to have a WrenSong flute – or two. He had decided that he wanted to learn to play the […]

I have a full plate of flutes with the four little branch flutes I’m working with. They are a delight to work with. Always I enjoy helping tree branches become unique flutes. Working with four flutes from the same tree has advantages. Because they are from the same kind of wood.  After working with one flute, […]

I began my “Weaving with Spanish Moss” blog post series almost three years ago. I’m now writing the promised third part in the three-part series. Weaving with Spanish Moss Part One tells the story of how I became aware of Spanish moss when I was a child as my family traveled to Florida for vacations. My […]

Working with wood is an ever evolving and exploring process. I’ve found that one project-idea often leads to another project. And the new wood project for me? Carving small dolls. How did that happen? Creating WrenSong flutes and WrenSong kanteles requires larger equipment like a router, bandsaw, woodturning lathe and sander. Smaller tools are required too — such […]

Making and playing both Native-American style flutes and Finnish kanteles has led me into thinking more and more about creating a calm and positive spirit. I’ve found that many who purchase my musical instruments are interested in playing to have more peace in their lives. Some are music therapists who use my instruments in their […]

Earthskills Arts of the Coconut

The Florida Earthskills Gathering provided me with a great opportunity to practice my woodworking skills along with the many who were interested in learning sustainable living skills. Little Orange Creek Nature Park, outside of Hawthorne, provided a scenic location, with the event held amidst massive live oaks. I participated in Barron Brown’s Bowl Carving workshop. During the day-long workshop, […]

The latest dogwood branch flute with pyrography & color.

When I’m selling my flutes and kanteles at music festivals or art and craft shows, one of the groups of people who like to talk with me about my instruments are retirees. I often start the conversation with “Do you play any musical instruments?” In the responses from retirees, I hear two themes. About half will […]