The WindPoem ~ Native American Flute Meditations series is now available for purchase and streaming. Perfect for meditation and relaxation, the albums feature wood and bamboo Native American flutes accompanied by Hang drum, traditional drum, and nature sounds.
Different Direction is the seventh WindPoem album release, representing a different direction in WindPoem music. The first six albums feature Native American flute meditations. Different Direction features multi-instrument compositions, blending the music styles of Native American flute, rock, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and folk into an inspirational World Music sound. Available from Bandcamp, Apple Music, Amazon.com, and more, and streaming via Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, and most other music streaming services.
WindPoem music can be streamed through most streaming platforms, including Pandora, Spotify, and Deezer. Music can be purchased and/or streamed from Bandcamp as well. All flutes featured on WindPoem recordings were handcrafted by C.S. Fuqua.
Native American Style Flute Crafting
C.S. Fuqua has been researching, playing, and crafting Native American style flutes for three decades, authoring three books on native flute history and craft, and marketing his bamboo, wood, and PVC flutes to musicians worldwide. Flutes are handcrafted from naturally-downed bamboo, budget-priced PVC pipe, and sustainable wood. WindPoem flutes are available in a variety of keys. Chris crafts flutes to order. Contact him for more information if you’re interested in purchasing a custom flute.
Though the origin of the Native American flute is shrouded in mystery, flutes were common to Native American nations and played by women, men, and children in various activities. Unlike ancient native flutes, crafted and tuned uniquely by the craftsman, modern Native American flutes are tuned in the standard pentatonic scale. Offering a thorough exploration of the flute’s history and craft, Native American Flute ~ A Comprehensive Guide is available through most bookstores. The book provides a detailed account of the Native American flute’s history and complete step-by-step, illustrated instructions for crafting both ancient and modern versions of the flute.
Make your own Native American style flute
If you’d like to create your own native flute in PVC, check out the how-to video below. Please note that the sound hole measurement listed in the video is incorrect. Instead of placement at 40 cm, it should be placed 14 cm. For your convenience, instructions are listed below the video.
This flute is in the key of F#. With all fingers holes closed, the note that will play is F#. Cut the PVC pipe longer than needed. Shorten the barrel incrementally, testing often, to attain the fundamental F#
Materials and tools:
• good quality dust mask
• guitar tuner with built-in microphone
• fine-tooth handsaw
• high-speed drill or rotary tool such as Dremel
• 1/8-inch drill bit or rotary tool bit
• flat and rounded needle files (1/4-inch or less width)
• standard flat file
• fine grade sandpaper
• 3/4-inch diameter PVC
• 3/4-inch diameter cork
• 1/8-inch or 1/16-inch hobby wood
• 2-inch x 2-inch x 3/4-inch wood (for fetish)
• rubber band or leather tie
• 3/4-inch diameter
• 55 cm long
Placement of air and sound holes, measuring from head (blowing end) to hole center. Make initial hole no larger than 1/8-inch:
• air hole 12.2 cm
• sound hole 14 cm
Placement of finger holes, measuring from flute foot (opposite head) to hole center. Make initial hole no larger than 1/8-inch. All finger holes closed — F# (after drilling sound & air holes, shorten the sound barrel incrementally to attain fundamental note)
• All finger holes closed — F# (after drilling sound & air holes, shorten the sound barrel incrementally to attain fundamental note)
• 1 12.8 cm — A
• 2 15.8 cm — B
• 3 18.7 cm — C#
• 4 22 cm — Eb
• 5 24.85 cm — F
• 6 27.7 cm — G
Multi-Barrel Flute System
After years of making Native American flutes, Chris wondered if a system of interchangeable flute barrels utilizing one head would offer a quicker, more cost-effective method for Native American flutes crafted with PVC. The PVC system he developed utilizes a single head for two or more interchangeable barrels of different keys. The system provides key versatility while cutting costs and time expended on the more tedious construction of a fipple/fetish/head for each flute. The system he crafts includes the keys of E, F, F#, and G. With early models, he crafted a slide-on PVC fetish like that pictured in the graphic, but he prefers a conventional tie-on fetish for a cleaner, stronger sound. Many thanks to good friend, writer, and musician Dick Claassen for creating the flute system chart. If you’d like to make your own flute system, order the how-to booklet Craft a Multi-Barrel Native American Style Flute at Amazon.com, available from most bookstores.
If you’re interested in purchasing a custom Native American style flute in wood or PVC, please inquire. Bamboo is currently extremely in limited quantities.
Wooden flutes available in the keys of E, F, F#, and G. Prices begin at $100 plus shipping for basic design flute and fetish. Custom fetishes add to the cost considerably, in many instances doubling it. The sound quality is the most important factor in all flutes. Flutes with a basic fetish sound as good as flutes with a custom-carved fetish. The goal is to craft instruments that sound their best, whether they are basic or ornate in design. Prices below include only the basic fetish.
PVC standard flute in E, F, F#, G, A—Start at $40 plus shipping
PVC Low C#, D, D#—$50 plus shipping
PVC single head/multi-barrel system—available barrel keys E, F, F#, and G:
- 2-barrel system: $60 plus shipping
- 3-barrel system: $80 plus shipping
- 4-barrel system: $100 plus shipping
Orders & Inquiries
To inquire about flute availability or to place an order, email Chris. Flutes are made to order. Upon completion, sound and image files will be provided. If you’re happy with what you see and hear, payment is then accepted and the flute’s shipped.