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What Flute Makers Are Saying


Here's another neat thing I was just made aware of recently. Dr. Oliver Jones, a traditional flute maker and customer from La Jolla California was recently interviewed by Canyon Records, R. Carlos Nakai's label. Dr. Jones informed me that he mentioned the Northern Spirit Flute in the interview, which is quite a cool honor. He is on the board of directors for the International Native Flute Association and has been making a type of Native American Flute known as warble flutes for many decades. He came to my workshop in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in July and was really taken by the whole process of being able to make a great sounding flute in an hour long workshop with 34 other people. 

If you like, you can hear Dr. Oliver Jones talk about his experience making a Northern Spirit Flute at the INAFA convention in Wisconsin this past July on YouTube via the Canyon Records interview. Dr. Jones speaks about his experience and thoughts on how he sees the NSF fit into the renaissance of the Native American Flute starting at the 8:40 minute mark of the video at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvXkos65jko 
 
More importantly, Dr. Jones shares some of the wonderful history of the renaissance of the Native American Flute via this YouTube video. 


Dear Rich,
 
  
Just to let you know, the flute kit shipment arrived yesterday all intact and ready to go. Now the ball is in my court. I also want you to know that I continue to marvel over your creation of this remarkable teaching/crafting system for the Native Amercian flute. You are an outstanding musician and teacher. I know of nothing like the system you have created. I look forward to the coming school year with anticipation that I will have requests for more kits forthcoming. 
  
Thank you and regards, 
  
Oliver Jones 


I had the honor of getting a phone call, one day, from Rich Dubé of Northern Spirit Flutes. He asked me if I would help him with designing flutes, he was working on, that are made entirely from U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ABS plastic and explained to me that it was for children, so that they would be able to learn how to make and play these wonderful instruments at a very affordable price. I could tell in his voice that Rich was extremely sincere and committed to this project. Having children learn about this instrument is very important to me as well, so I told him to ask away with any questions he may have had and I would be happy to help him however I could. Rich called me several times and sent me several design ideas via E-mail to look at and discuss. He purchased a flute from me so that he could visually see how I made my wood flutes. Rich got as close as possible (molds permitting), making a very doable design. These flutes play very well and are fantastic for children to learn on. I tip my hat to Richard for staying so dedicated and for spending hours and hours of his time and using his own money to finance this project for the kids.


Rich, you are a good man with a good spirit.....

 
In Spirit,
Ed
Spirit of the Woods Flutes
http://www.spiritofthewoodsflutes.com


 Hello Richard,

I have already made several birch bark spacers. I thought the flute was made from walnut, you sure do a good job. I'm on tour in Alaska at the moment,so just a quick note (motel computer).

Thank You So Much, Bryan

- Bryan Akipa, flute maker and performer

 

  

Hi Rich

I received the flute yesterday but did not want to reply until I drilled the holes, which I did this afternoon. The flute sounds very good, almost as nice as my home made branch flute in A. These flutes will work just great with kids and adults and anyone should be well pleased at the value for the price.

Thanks for making these available.

Peace

John

 

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"Hi there, I received my flute very quickly. I really commend you on the tone and simplicity of it. I am extremely happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. I will buy another from you whenever you make a different key. Also I am interested in trying out your drone flute sometime. Thanks so much!" - Joanne
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Thank you for sending the flute out to me quickly.  The pitch is perfect and it's so easy to blow into.  Please email me whenever you have for sale additonal  ABS flutes in different keys.
 
Once again, thank you!
Be well,  - Joanne Degnan :)

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I am very excited about your upcoming Lakota Flute and and the Flute in E.  Thanks again for the great flutes.  - James Tong

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"Your project flutes-for-kids rocks!" - Marina Nadir  

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The flute that you so generously gave to me has been given to a very deserving at-risk teenager from a local native tribe.  I was doing an artist in residence program and this young man picked up the flute that I had been bringing with me and began to make incredible music with it.  This kid had been in a reserved shell for the entire program until he picked up that flute.  By the time he was done, another at risk teen had joined him in a duet with her singing.  Tears and joy were in full abundance.

It was immediately clear after that young man picked it up that that flute was now his.  

I just wanted to let you know that it found a deserving and permanent home.

Frank Thompson, Founder
AZ Rhythm Connection 
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"I had the honor of getting a phone call, one day, from Rich Dubé of Northern Spirit Flutes. He asked me if I would help him with designing flutes, he was working on, that are made entirely from U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ABS plastic and explained to me that it was for children, so that they would be able to learn how to make and play these wonderful instruments at a very affordable price. I could tell in his voice that Rich was extremely sincere and committed to this project. Having children learn about this instrument is very important to me as well, so I told him to ask away with any questions he may have had and I would be happy to help him however I could. Rich called me several times and sent me several design ideas via E-mail to look at and discuss. He purchased a flute from me so that he could visually see how I made my wood flutes. Rich got as close as possible (molds permitting), making a very doable design. These flutes play very well and are fantastic for children to learn on. I tip my hat to Richard for staying so dedicated and for spending hours and hours of his time and using his own money to finance this project for the kids.
Rich, you are a good man with a good spirit....."
 
In Spirit,
Ed
Spirit of the Woods Flutes
http://www.spiritofthewoodsflutes.com