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Flute maker teaches Native American craft

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Native flutes are being made all over the world. Native flutes are being made all over the world.
Teaching others a new craft. Teaching others a new craft.
Creating with your hands is very fulfilling. Creating with your hands is very fulfilling.
Flutes create magical melodies. Flutes create magical melodies.

By Christian Price, News9.com INsite Team

There are many craft stores throughout Oklahoma. On any given weekend these stores hold craft workshops for people who are interested in a hobby, or just want to learn something new. Recently a Native American flute making workshop was held at the Woodcraft store in Oklahoma City.

"It's very popular. It's began to go worldwide," said Leroy Cully, a workshop instructor. "They are being made in foreign countries worldwide."

Russell Wolf, a flute maker for the past 13 years, recounts the first time he decided to try to make a flute.

"I had been visiting Mesa Verde Located next to the Ute reservation, "  Wolf said.  "I saw the trading post, and went looking at the things they were offering for sale.  One of the things was a flute. And I thought, ‘Man I liked to buy that flute, until I realized how much it cost.' "

That's when Wolf believes started his thirteen year journey with the Native American flute.

He had previous experience as a woodworker. Wolf had created assorted furniture and clocks, but the flute was different.

"I did not get the satisfaction out of those projects that I did out of the flute right off the bat," said Slaton.  "The very first flute that I could play something on, I thought to myself, it was the coolest thing I had ever done in my garage."

For students and instructors, they get much more than the sense of accomplishment after the completion of a flute.

 "I like the sound of it, hearing it play something I've made myself," Cully said.

No matter who you are, everyone is invited to attend a workshop.

"Man or woman, dog or cat, any individual that would like to learn how to make a flute and play one, or just have one of their own, one that they've made with their own hands, I would recommend it," Cully said.

If you're interested in attending a workshop, just check out the various craft store Web sites for their upcoming workshops. www.woodcraft.com is one Web site that is a good resource for such classes.

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