Tag Archives: Woodwinds

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, […]

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 […]

wood on display at AAW

Finding Wood for Musical Instruments (& more)

“Where do you get your wood?” That’s a question that I’m often asked, as someone examines a flute I’ve made or emails about a kantele on my blog. The answer is – almost everywhere. A regular source of wood is a combination of stores that sell wood, like Woodcraft or Home Depot. The long planks […]

heart shaped spalting

Making Dogwood Branch Flutes

Using branches from the flowering dogwood tree to make Native American style flutes has become a favorite activity of mine. The dogwood is beautiful to work with — very cooperative and results in a clear crisp sounding flute.  Dogwood is a hard wood (Janka hardness scale 2150) but not as difficult compared to the Florida Live […]