Rick Svitzer - Flute Maker

I became acquainted with Native American flute music when my wife and I visited New Mexico for continuing education classes over the years. We bought a few CD’s and enjoyed the relaxing and soothing voice of the flute.

After retiring the first time, I took a job with the Indian Health Service and lived in Albuquerque for seven years. I enjoyed learning more about the Native American culture and became more fascinated with the Native American flute and its music.  A friend, whose husband played the Native American flute, knew of my interest in the flute and suggested I learn to play. I was too busy with other things and work and did not have the time. After retiring the second time, that friend gifted me a flute and said "now you have time to learn"!

Like most of us, I bought another flute on the internet in a different key. I thought I played poorly until it was pointed out to me that the flute I bought was not properly tuned.

Having been a hobby chip carver and wood worker most of my adult life, I decided to make a flute myself. After making a lot of expensive kindling I was able to produce a flute that was in tune and I was hooked on turning a piece of wood into a quality musical instrument.

I was very fortunate to have retired to North Carolina where I met a local flute maker who became my mentor and helped me along the way to improve the quality of my flutes. At various festivals other flute makers and performers have been generous in sharing information to help me improve my flute making and playing skills.

My objective is to make a well tuned, high quality, and reasonably priced flute for you, my customer.  I will never sell a flute that does not meet my high standards and that I would not want to own myself.  Flute making is a constantly improving process and I will continue to strive to make the highest quality flute that I possibly can.

NOTE: I am not an enrolled member of a federally recognized Native American tribe. Therefore, my Native American Style Flutes are not “Native American Made” as defined by the the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.