Gandharva Loka in Christchurch is very proud to offer a new range of exquisite Native American flutes from local flute maker Todd Chaplin of Southern Cross Flutes. Todd’s flutes are crafted from a variety of imported and New Zealand timberss. They are beautifully finished and often feature decorative inlays such as wood, semi-precious stones and paua shell.
Todd makes single and double Native American style flutes in a variety of sizes that offer a wide range of sounds. His flutes have lovely clear tone and, as is typical of this kind of flute, they are very easy to play. They also come with a comprehensive instruction manual and a flute bag. There are some lovely samples of Native American flute music on the homepage of Todd’s website – they are very expressive, soul stirring wind instruments.
About Todd Chaplin
Todd was first exposed to Native American flute music while living in Korea. In 2006 he bought his first Native American flute and has been an ardent player ever since. When the opportunity of an apprenticeship in flute making came his way with Matt Shooting Star of Spiritsong Flutes in Australia, Todd jumped at the chance.
After finishing his time with Matt, and at Matt’s recommendation, Todd decided to visit the master flute maker Guillermo Martinez in Southern California where he spent five months studying and making Native American flutes. He has now returned to Christchurch to set up a workshop and continue his journey. Read more »
About Native American Flutes
The Native American Flute has received much attention over the past few decades for its distinctive sound. Haunting and soulful, these uniquely decorated flutes capture the sacred essence of the Native American races. The Native American flute was originally very personal; it was played without accompaniment in courtship, healing, meditation, and spiritual rituals. In the current era they are also used in a variety of New Age and world music recordings. There are two different types of Native American flute, the plains flute and the woodlands flute, each with slightly different construction.
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Photos of Todd Chaplin’s flutes
Todd Chaplin’s Southern Cross Flutes on display at Gandharva Loka in Christchurch.
Fine finish and inlay work with creative use of various types of timber.
In the front display and on the left are two flutes that have drones built into them.
Again, fine finish work and attention to detail from Todd Chaplin – playable works of art.
If you would like to know more about these fine hand-crafted Native American flutes, kindly contact us.