The Sweet Sound of Heart Cypress

Dan Arrington, a Native American style flute maker who owns the business, Northern Lights…Southern Spirits, handcrafted two magnificent works of musical art with Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress:

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The mouthpiece is spalted Maple and Zircote. The block (the part on the top held on using deer hide ties) is a free-form shape made using Redwood burl mounted on a spalted Maple/Zircote pedistal with a base of Easter Red Cedar. The inlay “dots” above and below the finger holes are Zircote and Myrtle.

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The top two are the cypress flutes, while the slightly smaller one on the bottom was made using Tasmanian Blackwood (Australia). A yardstick is included to give a sense of size. In the land of Native American style flutes, these 1 1/4″ bore instruments are considered large.

Listen to Dan’s daughter playing the second River-Recovered Heart Cypress Flute – it sounds absolutely beautiful:

Dan will be vending his flutes at the Alligator Warrior Festival in O’Leno State Park in just a few weeks (http://www.alligatorfest.org/) where he will have an opportunity to put this work in front of truly gifted flute players.

Dan, you are a true artisan!  Thank you for sharing your elegant craft with us.