Native American flutes and English flutes from the UK


Welcome to Second Voice, Native American style flutes, individually handmade in England using a wide range soft and hardwoods indigenous to the UK, as well as the finest traditional US woods.

And welcome to what I hope will start you, or help progress you, on your flute journey. From a strange sequence of unplanned events, I came to make my first Native American style cedar flute on Dartmoor in 2002 under the superb guidance of Nigel Shaw and Guillermo Martinez. With the first notes that I managed to produce from it, I immediately realised that I had been granted a precious gift. Making these haunting, melodic instruments has since then become a spiritual and practical life path, and a way of giving the trees whose wood I use a second voice. I make them for the joy of making them and for what they can give to the player and all those who hear them. All of this, including my work, philosophy and spirit as a flutemaker, is outlined in the Introduction page.

As I have developed as a flutemaker, so has the range of flutes I make. The flutes shown in the Galleries are a small selection and simply there as examples; you can choose whatever combination of characteristics you would like, as I handcraft each flute to the player and their hands. The Little Owl, Air Spirit and Sacred Spirit series all include ideal straight-forward first flutes, as well as more individual ones. Some of the most recent and expressive carved and crafted flutes are shown on the Custom and Gathering flute pages, while the Healing flute page shows how crystal and flute energies can be combined to provide a powerful source of spiritual relaxation, and how tuning at 432Hz can enhance this.

I make flutes for anyone and everyone, from novice players to professional recording artists, from private individuals to Reiki and Sound Therapy practitioners. So, whether you are already a flute player, a musician or a complete novice looking to expand musical horizons, someone looking for an easy-to-play instrument that sings to the soul, a collector of traditional instruments, or just a lover of art in wood, please feel free to browse and to make contact at any time, either for more information, to ask for a flute to be made, or just to talk about wooden flutes.





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Native American style and English flutes hand crafted at Second Voice Flutes

BACK MAKING FLUTES....and recording

July 2018… After two years away, I am pleased to say my health has recovered sufficiently that I am now slowly and gently getting back to making flutes. However, for the time being, I am not doing it in the same way in so far as I am not yet making custom flutes to order, but that will follow in due time. Instead, I am making the flutes I choose in my own time and at my own pace; after 17 years of making over custom 400 flutes, I have a good idea which flute woods and keys people mostly want, so I am concentrating on them and have put a new Available flutes page on this website where they are available on a first come first served basis. Most of the flutes are already tuned, but you will also see that I am leaving one or two un-tuned so people can let me have their handprints as before and I will then tune them to their hands. This is primarily for those who, for example, play with their left hand as bottom hand (most of the flutes are hole-patterned for the more common ‘right hand is bottom hand’), or have particularly narrow finger pads or restricted reach and hand span. I must also stress that for now I am only doing blocks from my basic range, since my main health issues were related to the effects of wood dust and resins coming from the flute body making and more especially carving the custom blocks you can see on the Blocks page. As well as this, while I have already released my first album (see below), I still have composing and recording projects to complete, so flutemaking has, of necessity, to be fitted around those for the next few months at least. All in all, it’s good to be back in the workshop and I must thank all my past and would-be customers for their patience and understanding over the last two years.

The first of my CD albums incorporating my NA flutes The Sum of Parts is now on release.

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“THE SUM OF PARTS” ALBUM WEBPAGE.


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