Maker of Native American Style Flutes

I had never seen a native american flute before 2001.As I walked thru a small flea market I heard the most beautiful sound, There was a table full of bamboo flutes of all sizes , I bought one and without any instructions took it home to learn how to play . This was a most difficult time as the flute made all kinds of sounds none of which were anything like the sound that attracted me when I first heard it. After a couple of weeks I decided that the flute I had was not any good so I went shopping and bought a bigger better ( more expensive) one, it would not play either so I decided that I would learn how to make them , I got on the internet and ordered every book and tape that I could find, I finally found one that had all of the dimensions and proceeded to make a flute it turned out beautiful but would not play any better than the ones that I had bought. I only knew one person who played the flute so I took all of the flutes to his house, they all played great for him , he showed me how to play the pentatonic scale, It was pure magic and I knew then that I had found my new life’s work.

Some History of Utah And His Art

I have always had some type of art project going from the time I first started school , I went from pencil and crayon to pen and ink, then to painting with oils and acrylics, then to clay, stone and finally to wood carving. The wood carving was a great love for many years , from competitive bird carving to making full size swan rockers for the grand babies. When I discovered the native American flute it wasn't something that I wanted to do it was something I had to do. It has been magic. I studied the work of a lot of flute makers and players , Robert Blivens, Stephen (twohawks) Reed, John Shadowwolf, Manwolf Strahorn, Raymond Redfeather, Douglas spotted eagle, Dr. Richard Payne, and many more. I strive to make a flute that is worthy of being called art and has a beautiful clear sound and feeling Like no other instrument in the world. The flute is truly the most beautiful and forgiving of all musical instruments.

Legal issues

Commercially in the United States, only flutes crafted by enrolled Native Americans or their approved artisans are considered to be "Native American Flutes". It is illegal for any other manufacturer to connote Native origins, or to misnomer their Native American style flutes as "Native", per the 1990 Indian Arts And Crafts Act. This act makes such misrepresentation a Federal felony. Non-Native makers must at least include such terms as "style" in descriptions of their wares.