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In its rooted
determination and endurance through the changing seasons, in the
stillness and supporting strength of its
heartwood, in the up-flowing prayer of its
sapwood sending an earthy
gratitude toward the sun and sky, in the circle of life represented
by its growth rings, in the beautiful bounty
of its flowers and fruit and in its spirit as an intelligent, wise elder on this living planet, there is much that a tree can
teach us. And we
might learn, if we quiet
the human mind for a spell and open our hearts in wonder to the
language of leaves.
How then would the dryad, or spirit of a tree, make a flute? This question has inspired me since the beginning of my flute making journey. A quest ongoing and ever evolving, as every tree and each branch presents a unique challenge and teaching in the subtle details of finding its voice. Yet some answers have come in broad strokes. A dryad would keep the natural beauty and strength of the branch intact. A dryad would honor the spirit of the ancient inhabitants of the land. A dryad would voice the flute clear and bright as a bird song. And a dryad would make the flute a magical home for its own continued habitation. Or so speak the trees to me.
So in a dryad flute, in its unique shape, in its solid bore strength, in the beauty of its unsplit grain and growth rings, in the color and texture of its bark and wood, in the character of its knots or crevices inlaid with colorful stone (a reminder of the rock and soil into which the tree sent its roots) and in the clear, sweet timbre of its voice, the spirit of the tree is invited to remain. A spirit of enchantment, opening your heart to the natural world and inviting you to sit with the trees and the birds above to sing a song of life.
~ Jon Sherman
Dryad Flutes are handcrafted to reflect the unique beauty, strength and spirit of the tree from which they were made. Though natural looking, each instrument is tuned and voiced with clarity and precision to a particular pentatonic key.