Cane, Bamboo and Wood Flutes by James Gilliland > Circle of Life Wood Flutes

Circle of Life Wood Flutes
Passing on Native Flute Making Traditions

Circle of Life Wood Flutes

James is a Native American Cherokee elder (He is a registered Native American of Cherokee/Creek/Scots Irish heritage), He is very proud of his heritage and continues to show his respect by honoring the circle of life and passing on his well honed flute making craft to his great-grandson Hunter Pyle. So many Native crafts have been almost completely lost due to early European prevention to allow Natives to practice their traditions. Traditionally all native crafts were passed from one generation to the next by the tribal elders. James honors this tradition and has been teaching his great-grandson how to make Native American flutes. 

His great-grandson Hunter Pyle, is a 16 year old, straight A student at Bob Jones High School in Madison Alabama. Hunter is also a computer programmer and studying Cyber computer systems and wants to major in computer cyber science. Together they make flutes and both sign them. Jim over sees everything from beginning to end of the flute making process including tuning and finishing processes.

These collaboration flutes made by James Gilliland and his great-grandson Hunter Pyle are remarkable. James retired from the Space Program as a Senior Design Engineer after 40 years of service. He uses his engineering skills and Native American heart, to create high quality, accurately tuned flutes that sing. These flutes are made using the traditional methods and new technology.

The flutes are crafted from a variety of unique wood types, are bored out and shaped on a gun drilling lathe, there are no glue joints to fail. The solid bore also improves the sound quality. The sound mechanism is milled with a milling machine and the playing holes are burned with burning tools. They all are precision tuned on a Peterson Strobe.

They are simple in design allowing the natural unique woods to showcase. You won't find a better more accurate tuned flute at this price point anywhere. Help pass on the tradition of Native American Flute making and get the best tuned well made flute available.

Cane, Bamboo and Wood Flutes by James Gilliland

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1-Key of A#

A#- Eastern Red Cedar/Spalted Maple Block
2-Key of G#

G#- Eastern Red Cedar/Spalted Maple Block
4-Key of G#

G#- Eastern Red Cedar/ Box Elder Block

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18-KEY of F#

F# Eastern Red Cedar/ Spalted Maple Block
19-Key of F#

F#-Spalted Maple/ Pear Block
10-Key of F

F- Eastern Red Cedar/ Splated Maple Block

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11-Key of F

F-Eastern Red Cedar/ Pear Block
23-Key of F SOLD

F-Black Walnut- SOLD
24-Key of E

E-Mahogany/Spalted Beech Block

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25-KEY of E

E-Black Walnut/ Spalted Maple Block

That F black bamboo sounds Amazing ... Lots of comments on the beauty of the sound last night ... Your flutes really have an amazing tone ... Lots of cross fingerings as well, very nice ... They bark when you want them to and sound like sweet bamboo when you play that way ...
best to you and yours,

~Peter Recording Artist
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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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