Greetings, and welcome to the wildwoods…
I first discovered a plan for the Loveflute in W. Ben Hunt’s ‘How-to Book of Indian Craft’ – based on an antique flute, it was the perfect place to begin the journey that continues with the products you see on this website.
I have always been creative and musical – I learnt to carve at an early age – and have had a lifelong passion for Native American culture. Discovering the flute was the ideal outlet for all of these and I became obsessed, spending years experimenting with shape, form, sizes and different ways of creating the voice, learning about scales and tunings along the way.
History of the flute
Along with the drum, the Native American flute is one of the earliest instruments on record. Its dulcet tones are sweet, melodious and enchanting; it’s hard not to be moved by the alive and ancient sound.
The modern flute has evolved through the centuries into a ‘musically perfect’ instrument. Still tuned to the pentatonic minor scale as all early flutes were, they call with the same ancient voice.
Early settlers would hear the sound of the flute drifting over the plains at night, hearing the songs of young braves serenading their sweethearts. This is where the name ‘loveflute’ originates, although the flute is used for many other purposes including healing, bird calls, song, for lament and for prayer to the Great Spirit, Mother Earth and Father Sky.
The Native American flute is a gift to all humanity.