About my Totems
My totems tell a story. Some tell stories of nature, travels, struggles, triumphs, etc. and others tell stories of the person I am making the art for.The materials I use depend on the story but I like to put wood and glass together. I also use metal, rock and other found objects. Customers have given me objects that are important to them and I have incorporated them in their piece. For example, someone brought me broken poetry, glass and rusty metal that his parents collected from an old closed-down mine in Colorado and another gave me turquoise and deer horns. I make furniture in the same way.
About my Flutes
My flutes are not mass produce--each one is hand crafted and no two are alike. Most of my flutes are made with cedar. I find that it makes a warmer sound but I also have made them out of cherry, mahogany, maple and 150-year old elm which a customer brought me. This elm was from an old family tree that had sadly died. I was honored to make flutes out of this wood. I seal them inside and out to help with moisture and preserve the art work. I have a passion when it comes to making flutes especially making custom pieces.
My Flute Story
While on a motorcycle trip to the mountains I saw and heard my first Native American Flute. While I was sitting to watch and sketch the sunset, a flutist came and played. Everyone became silent; it was such a peaceful and beautiful sound. I knew right then this was my calling. It made perfect sense to put my love of wood, art and music together. I was a carpenter for 30 years and an artist for as long as I can remember. I studied hard , worked long hours, travelled distances, and met wonderful people to get to this point and am blessed every minute.
120 ART Gallery
Fute classes starting soon
Calling all Fluties! Flute Circles are back in 2015!
Third Sat. 2:00 PM
Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church
7127 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX