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Tu Trees Flutes by Ted Calavan

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After sharing my flutes with my brother Ted in 1993 he became, like most of us, obsessed with creating his version of the perfect flute. Ted loves tradition and strives for perfection. He collects antique tools and built his own lathe out of an old trundle sewing machine. He still does most of his work by hand and I consider Ted one of the best carvers that I have ever met.

His carvings always capture the spirit of life. In 2004 Ted moved his family to Newport, Oregon, were he works for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and creates flutes with the sounds of the ocean ringing in his ears. They love their new home, but having lived in the forests of the Cascade Mountains for several years he laughed when he told me that his new home only has two trees. Thus the name!

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My first flute from the Oregon Flute Store arrived today, a black bamboo flute in E by James Galliland. It plays with beautiful overtones and a wonderful, lively breath. It easily reaches two notes above the octave, bright and true. It doesn't seem to get as wet as soon as my hardwood flutes. I also have a hardwood E flute and while I love its tone this bamboo flute really moves me. It's a bit quieter and a bit softer and it invites the ear in to listen. This flute is also so very beautiful to look at, and it weighs next to nothing.

Thank you so much for all your help and guidance, for packing and shipping this flute with such care, and for giving artisans like James Gilliland the best possible kind of place to bring their gifts to the public.


~Fredric Isler
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We offer flutes crafted by several flute makers. Some are Native; Some are not. We do not claim to be affiliated with a Native American Tribe. Some of our flutes are considered to be Native American Style Flutes. Not all our instruments and accessories are being made by tribal recognized Native American Indians. We will indicate in the product description if the item is Native made. Please visit The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 for more information on this issue. 
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