rooted determination and endurance through the
changing seasons, in the stillness and supporting
strength of her heartwood, in the up-flowing
life force 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
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 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, sometimes inlaid with crushed 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 the player to the natural world, inspiring a song of the Earth.
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 voiced and tuned with clarity and
precision to a