Once upon a time, 50 years ago Erik started making bamboo flutes and has since then handmade over 150,000 wind instruments.
It has been an adventure making bamboo flutes in Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Fiji, where he even got to play for their President.
An instrument is a friend for life. You can pick your instrument in the key you want to play in or it can pick you, as it calls to your soul offering to take you to an enchanted place.
“WHEN YOUR HEART BEGINS TO DANCE INSIDE YOU, YOU WILL KNOW WHICH ONE TO GET“
Erik decided to settle in Florida due to the great flute making bamboo called Bambusa Multiplex that grew in southern China and settled into Japan for centuries. It arrived by steam ship from Yokohama to San Francisco and came by train to Florida in the mid 1880's, settling into the sub-tropical gardens of pioneer horticulturalists and then into the earliest plant nurseries which spread the bamboo around Florida.
Finding old clumps of bamboo to make your flutes has been Erik’s joy and treasure, but it all began with a wooden flute made in India:
“Up to this time I owned and loved a wooden flute that was made in India. The strong wood revealed a lovely grain...