Tag Archives: sopranino kanteles

3 steps to start playing my WrenSong Native American-style flutes

Three steps can help you start playing one of my Native American-style flutes in just minutes. Step #1 – Adjust the bird The bird (also called the block or fetish) is an important part of the flute’s construction and not just an ornament, which is what some people think if they aren’t familiar with the […]

Join me for Indie Craft Show – July 25, 2015

Join me for the Indie Craft Show on Saturday, July 25, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal School in Gainesville, Florida. My handmade wooden flutes and kanteles will be on sale, including some of my special branch flutes. This a great time to purchase musical instruments to enjoy this summer and even begin rehearsing holiday favorites. […]

Gifts and holiday spirit at Winter Gift Fair, Dec. 14

Join me tomorrow — Sunday, Dec. 14 — for Blue Oven Kitchen’s Winter Gift Fair. The event is at the Vine, 627 Main Street, in Gainesville, from 2 to 6 p.m. I’ll be one of the 30 vendors and will have gift items for your holiday shopping or for a special gift for you. To […]

Compare sizes of travel ukulele to sopranino kantele and 5-string larger kantele (left).

Ukulele, Flute, Kantele: Sharing Adolphe Sax’s enthusiasm for making a variety of musical instruments

What fun to be introduced recently to Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone and the creator of many other musical instruments. I learned of Mr. Sax from a tribute on NPR Morning Edition celebrating him on his 200th birthday. Adolphe Sax didn’t create just one kind of saxophone but a family of saxophones and […]

Raven in sunbeams

Raven Inspiration for Photography, Kanteles and woodturning

If you ever have had the opportunity to watch ravens in the wild, you know you’re in for a treat.  They have a real sense of play when they’re in the air — sometimes turning air somersaults, sometimes careening swiftly, sometimes rolling over sideways while still flying. The raven often cast as a mischievous trickster is most often […]

Two sizes of kanteles: sopranino and 5-string.

You need a Kantele

The kantele is the Finnish national stringed instrument. Originating from the Baltic Sea area several Mediterranean countries have a variation of the zither-type instrument in form and name. In Russia a gusli; Lithuania a kankle; Estonia a kannel; Latvia a kokle.  Traveling farther away from the Baltic Sea, you have similar instruments from Mongolia (the yatga) and China […]

5 string-sopranino kanteles

Three piccolo kanteles: Friends of the mountain dulcimer

After finishing the three sopranino kanteles, it was time to take their picture.  I always forget this step and before you know it the things I just made are gone and I don’t have a picture to show my work. I dusted off my Appalachian dulcimer and tuned it to DAD; the sopranion kantele tuned […]