Native American Style Flutes

Welcome, what was once a hobby has now become a passion. Living and working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one of last great places on earth. No better place to be inspired than to sit at the base of the Grand Teton’s and let the winds of Mother Earth speak to you.

My journey began with my son, Brock.  A talented musician with a love for the Native American people Brock has inspired and authored many flute based songs.  Songs like “Arrival” which is no playing  was produced and played by Brock Jennings along with Nakoa Heavyrunner right here in Jackson Hole.

I was already building Native American styled ceremonial pipes crafted from sacred pipe stone hand quarried by my mentor Donavan Archambault (Assiniboine Elder).  Donovan started me on a path of making pipes in the traditional ways and as my love for creating these pipes grew I found a desire to see if I could also make some flutes for Brock and Nakoa.  The journey continues to this day and I now have made quite a number of flutes over the years some on speculation, some for professional flute players such as Tony Duncan (Phoenix Arizona) and most now are made on a commission basis.  One of my first commissions was to build a flute specifically for Nakoa which later was gifted to him and his family for all that they have done for Brock and I.

My passion for creating these wonderful wind instruments blossomed into opportunities that allowed me to share my craft with others and the opportunity for someone to own one of my flutes arrived all on its own.  On this website you will find flutes that I have made on commission, some for sale, flutes that have sold and others were created as gifts.  I hope to be able to share with our site visitors not only finished flutes but those that are under construction and be able to see how a selected piece of wood makes the transition into a Native American styled flute.

Each flute I make is done completely by hand using almost all hand tools.  All wood is hand selected by me and all of the woods I use are Native to the United States or Canada with very few exceptions.  Many hours go into each one of my wind instruments and they are hand tuned using a professional high accuracy Chromatic Tuner to the key that best suits the design and wood selected for each flute.  No two flutes are the same! And even those in the same key and octave can have different sounds.  All of my flutes are hand finished using many many coats of lacquer to achieve a smooth professional finish on each flute.  After which each flute receives a final hand rub to make sure the finish has a soft satin or high gloss look and feel.

Finally I dress the flutes up with the bird (fetish or totem) selected for each flute using 100% deer, buffalo, or elk lace (made in America) to attach the fetish to the flute.   I add additional leather accents, feathers, horse hair, bezel set stones, antler and for some very special flutes we add some bead work.  All bead work that is done on our flutes and pipes are made by hand using a Peyote Stitch.  All stitching is done by Native Americans artisans from Montana and most are part of the Assiniboine people.

Gallery Quality

Each of our hand crafted flutes are Gallery Quality. Attention to detail is the rule of the day and each flute is individually scrutinized during the entire crafting process as to render the best possible product when finished.  It is important to note that these are not production flutes.  No two flutes are the same even when they come from the same wood source.  Choosing one of my flutes depends entirely on what you are looking for.  All of my flutes will look good as an accent piece in your home or office.  In addition to looking good they play very well.  Whether you are looking for a piece to add to your Native American or Western themed collection or if you are a flute enthusiast and love playing this wonderful wind instrument I are confident that one of my flutes will meet or exceed your expectations.

5 thoughts on “Native American Style Flutes

  1. Hi. Thanks for your straightforward guide to hole placement. I live in Africa and am having fun learning to make flutes from the beautiful local woods.

    1. You are welcome John… Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions – I will do my best to respond in a timely manner.

  2. Hi. I’m with the mohawk people and kinda on a journey to find a flute. I’ve looked at thousands and i like the one shown here of the walnut. Can you make it in c bass at 30″? My email is thank you

  3. Hi Dylan… Thank you for reaching out to me. A C Bass needs a pretty big bore – I am guessing 1 1/8 or 1 1/4″ is this what you are wanting?

  4. BTW thank you for your kind words!!

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