All About Geoffrey

I’ve been a full-time professional woodwinds maker since 1997.  I began my career crafting Native American style flutes–a type of fipple flute–and eventually branched out as the years went by.  While I no longer make the Native American style flutes, I do make a wide variety of folk flutes from many cultures around the globe, including Irish flutes and whistles, Chinese Xiao, Indian Bansuri, Japanese Shakuhachi, South American Quenas, and various other rim blown flutes inspired by the Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest.  I’ve also spent many years developing a line of wooden head joints for Boehm (silver) flutes.

The basic fundamentals of flute making apply to every kind of flute, and yet each variety is distinct.  There are different characteristics, tunings, scales, mouthpieces, bore profiles and voices.  Players who are devoted to each type of flute have differing expectations of what that flute should do and there are standards of quality that they hold as ideal.  Working to meet these expectations is a true joy and makes for a lot of variety, ensuring that as a maker I’ll never be bored!

I live out in the woods on the coast of Northern California.  Big trees, lots of rain, views of the ocean.  Pretty nice.  It’s a quiet place with few distractions so I can really focus on what I’m doing.

Check out my Shop Notes Blog to learn more about my flute making process!

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