Story of Cedar Spirit Flutes
I am not Lakota. My mother's side of the the family are Acadian with Metis many generations back. I don't claim Native American status. I do live close to the earth, walk lightly and leave as small a footprint as I can. The wood I use for the flutes comes from fire-killed old growth cedar trees right here on the land I live on. I use the whole tree and am very grateful for the gift of being able do something I love, and feel good about to support my family.
"I had 10 years background in woodworking, but no carving experience.
A friend brought me a native flute one day. I thought it was pretty
amazing, so I tried to make one from a piece of birch firewood, and
I finished it off with a coyote totem. People saw the flute and asked
me to make them one like it. The rest, as they say, is history.
carving comes so easily to me, perhaps because I approach it with
such reverence. I invite the spirit of the totem animal to come into
the wood, just as I invite the spirit of the ancient fire-killed cedar
I use for the flute body to come into the world and share its music."