Tag Archives: Native American flute

Ukulele & Native American Style Flute

I am reworking my website and reducing the number of pages dedicated to specific topics.  This blog post was previously a page on the site dedicated to Native American style flute and ukulele music.  I will no longer be creating this particular mode of music but want to leave it available for the many who […]

Happy Make Music Day

Happy World Music Day! What a great way to recognize the importance of music and its ability to bring people together. World Music Day (also called Make Music Day) started in 1982 when the Ministry of Culture in France launched the Fête de la Musique (“festival of music”). The event was a day of free, […]

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GFAA Artists’ Café, March 17

Join me at SweetBerries for an afternoon of art, live music and tasty snacks on Saturday, March 17. The GFAA Artists’ Café is from 3 to 6 p.m., with members of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association displaying and selling our work on the patio. I’ll be selling my wood abstracts, which are inspired by all […]

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Leesburg Arts Festival, Saturday, March 10

I’m looking forward to being part of the Leesburg Art Festival on Saturday, March 10. I will be a vendor selling my WrenSong flutes and other wood art items. The art festival will be held along the streets of Historic Downtown Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. I’ll be one of more […]

Tom, playing an electronic flute with Deb on a low C wood Native American style flute.

Visiting Leesburg Flute Gathering

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Leesburg Flute and Drum Gathering held in the Leesburg Center for the Arts. My friend Deb, who I’d met at Flute Haven a few years ago, has always been ready to pick up a flute and jam.  With Deb’s Leesburg friends and my Gainesville friends […]

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Improvising Strategies for Am Native American Style Flute

The Native American style flute lends itself to improvising.  I remember meeting a man from Jacksonville, Florida who would climb out on his roof after work and decompress by “playing” the skyline.  Depending on where he looked, the skyline was different.  He said he’d never played the same thing twice using this way of improvising […]

Gainesville Flute Circle

Gainesville Flute Circle

It has been another successful year for the Gainesville Flute Circle.  Thanks to Jim Torrence for leading the monthly meetings and to all who joined in to play and share in a love of the music from the many styles of Native American flute. If you live in or near Gainesville and are interested in […]

Mary’s Song: Keep Looking Upward

My mother is in a Long Term Care facility, far away.  It takes me 3 days to drive up to see her and 3 days to drive back home where I build my WrenSong flutes.  When I go to see mom, I spend a couple of weeks in the city and visit her daily, for […]

Handmade wood holiday gifts

Now is the time to get started on your holiday shopping. I have a number of handcrafted wood items that can help you give special gifts to the special people on your list. Native American Style Flutes Give the gift of music with one of my Native American-style flutes. My flutes are designed to be easy […]

Summer Song Sale: Flutes, Kanteles

In the heat of summer, what can cool you immensely is sitting in the air conditioning and playing a soothing musical instrument. During the summer, I am often making instruments and getting ready for my Fall art and craft shows that I travel to.  Some of you have asked why I don’t have more flutes […]

Chestnut branch flute

Chestnut Branch Flutes

Creating a flute from a branch is exciting and rewarding, as I see how the wood guides me and listen to what the flute’s voice will be. Here’s a video with the four Chestnut branch flutes that I just finished making. In the video, I play two of the flutes to let you hear their […]

Cherry WrenSong flute with zebra wood bird.

WrenSong flutes en route to Wales

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 […]