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The Spirit Horse Series
Many moons ago I started a series of flutes that I call “Spirit Horse”.  Basically, one comes out every 2-3 years, and I’m up to Spirit Horse #6.  While each is unique, they DO have similarities between them. Spirit Horse flutes are closed-end flutes with horse heads at the foot end of the flute.  These heads are colorful (a different base color for each one), and utilize symbols from the Lakota/Plains tribes, unique more to the Black Hills and beyond.  Too, the heads are not added on; they are all part of the flute from the beginning. Akicitas were the warrriors, and surrounding battles some would plant a handprint of paint on the necks of their horses.  Each Spirit Horse has an “Akicita” hand print just below the true sound hole (TSH). Each flute also has a “flowing mane” block.  These blocks have around 5 pieces of contrasting flowing mane pieces put together and sanded into one block.  It’s rather time consuming as each blade is measured and cut on the long side, so the wavy tips can intermingle, then each piece semi- finished before gluing up.  After that comes the shaping into the final needed block shape for the flute.  While each is essentially the same, each has their own unique creation twist…but the result is worth it. Spirit Horse #6 is a vision finally come true, and Halloween is the perfect time of year to release it, as you can see from the pictures below.  It’s a tribute flute to the Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.  The horse head is a horse skull, which was a bit daunting to look at pictures and run the dremel tool into the perceived cavities.  Afterall, if I had ruined the skull part I would have ruined the flute since it’s all one piece (well, two halves, but you know what I mean!) When all was said and done, this tribute flute came to life in true Dia de los Muertos fashion. Click on this link for the preview “Coming Attrractions” of Spirit Horse #6.  It’s a one-of-a-kind flute that is worthy of display.  It sits on a stand that is VERY personal, and the new owner will get a personal story paper about the base as well as the flute.  It’s a rich C4 flute that is looking for a new home to appreciate it!  
C4, 32" long C, 32" long
$1,750 with free USPS Priority Mail
Spirit Horse #6 sample Spirit Horse #6 sample