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determination and endurance through the changing
seasons, in the
stillness and supporting strength of her
heartwood, in the up-flowing prayer of her
sapwood sending an earthy
gratitude toward the sun and sky, in
circle of life represented
by her growth rings, in the beautiful bounty
of her flowers and fruit and
her spirit as an intelligent, wise elder on
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 her 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 her own continued habitation. Or so speak the trees to me.
So in a dryad flute, in her unique shape, in her solid bore strength, in the beauty of her unsplit grain and growth rings, in the color and texture of her bark and wood, in the character of her knots or crevices inlaid with colorful stone (a reminder of the rock and soil into which the tree sent her roots) and in the clear, sweet timbre of her voice, the spirit of the tree is invited to remain, enchanting your heart to the natural world, inspiring you to sit with the trees and the birds above to sing a song of life.
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.