The Story: In 2006 I was on a mission trip in Nicaragua with my puppet Lulu and met an audience that changed my life; 18 kids rescued from a garbage dump. I was able to buy land and with the help of many, build them a home. Every 15 days I send the home support. On Sept 30th, 2016 we had $0 in this fund and I need to build it up. This includes food, clothing, education, medical, transportation for 22 kids and paying our staff of 10 workers. So100% of the Asian Flute Set is being donated to provide for our children's home in Nicaragua.
I am extremely proud to say that the Kids of Cascabel are now growing beans and corn to give to families in need with disabled children. It really is an amazing work to see the rescued help to rescue. Flutemaker Ministries is also a 501c3 public charity if you are looking for a great place to give. More at www.FlutemakerMinistries.org
The bamboo I am using for my flutes is called Bambusa Multiplex and settled in Japan from southern China and Korea. After centuries in Japan it traveled from the warmer south of Japan to a Yokohama nursery and then to San Francisco, California by steamer in the mid 1880's. It came by train to Florida and settled in the gardens of old pioneer horticulturalists, and then into the early Florida nurseries that spread the bamboo around the state. This bamboo has traveled a long time to find it's way to you and now it will not only serve you, but others too, in need. Bamboo is always giving.
In the Asian Flute Set you will find the following flutes:
1) The Oriental Flute: My side-blown Oriental flute is inspired by the Japanese Shakuhachi scale - a deep, rich, enchanting, meditative flute with a melodic, pentatonic scale. In Japan the Shakuhachi was played by former Samurai who could no longer carry their swords by government decree. So they made the flute out of the root stock of bamboo and thus could also use it also for protection. The Oriental Flute is finished "Natural" with a protective, strong binding, approximately 21 to 22 inches long.
2) Deep Kokin: Is a 19 inch long, side blown melodic bamboo flute with a Japanese personality. A few years ago I was commissioned to build the Kokin Flute. At that time, I was told the musical scale captured a portion of a Japanese musical. The project came out so nice, that I brought it to my customers. The Kokin Flute is finished in natural cured bamboo.
3) Medium Kokin: Medium Kokin is just under 14 inches. Same feel as the larger one above but has a brighter voice.
4) Chinese Flute: This 12 1/2 inch side blown flute was born in my shop. It plays real nice in one and a half octaves. The Chinese Flute takes me to a misty, Oriental sunrise, where the music seems to be the soul of ancient China.
Finding a place with great acoustics, or playing with reverb, will take you to this enchanting place.
The inspiration for this flute came when I was asked by a theater professor to create a Chinese sounding flute for a theatrical presentation. The flute I created was so wonderful, I wanted to share it with my customers. The Chinese Flute comes with a protective, strong binding to keep your flute safe.
5) Jiahu Crane Flute: 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches long. This is a short end blown, pentatonic flute inspired by an archeological find in Henan China from ancient flutes played 9,000 years ago. In 1999 many newspapers carried the story about Chinese archeologists digging up six flutes found at Jiahu, in the Yellow River valley in Henan Province in central China. The flutes were made from the hollow wing bone of large bird. Also found at Jiahu, were 40 house foundations and 9 pottery kilns; Jiahu is an important site for understanding early Chinese society, after humans left their Stone Age caves and embraced agriculture and village life.
6) CD of my music: Perfectly Mellow.
7) Flute Bag with 5 pockets and adjustable shoulder strap to fit the Asian Flute Set. The flute bags vary in color.
8) 2 Bird Whistles: Two mini ocarinas with 2 holes that will play 3 notes. Great for kids and bird enthusiasts.
9) Written Lessons for the Oriental, Chinese and Kokin flutes. I also recommend watching the free tutorials on my corresponding flute pages.
Erik the Flutemaker
14701 SW 18th Court
Davie, FL 33325