Award winning Native American flute maker and recording artist, Charles Littleleaf, is an enrolled tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the state of Oregon. Charles is also an Honorary Member of the Pagan Blackfeet Band Reserve in Brocket, Alberta, Canada and son of the late Chief Jack Littleleaf. Although Charles' works of art are widely recognized for their visual beauty, it is his flute making precision and concert tuning that are most noted around the world. Each instrument is handmade with love and care, never massed produced, and deliver the warmest sounding spirit in todays' native flute market.
Words from Charles:
Dear friends. Today, the demands for my work have increased to where it's no longer often that I will have several Native American flutes readily available at one time. 85% of my work is now obtained through commission although, on occasion, I may have a few completed flutes which will be advertised at our store under the category: 'Ready to Ship Products'. If you need a Native American flute in short order, please feel free to 'contact me' and I will be happy to let you know what I have currently available, or what will completed soon that I have yet to advertised.
All flutes made in my shop are carefully crafted as musician quality instruments for studio recordings and performances, with extra special attention given to tuning and sound quality. They are always made with precision, sure to please the most discriminate of flute players. You will never experience airiness or note sensitivity from my flutes. Mid range keys are ideal for all playing levels, including for those who are just starting out on their musical journey. Low range keys are recommended for intermediate and advanced flute players, or for folks who have larger sized hands." -Charles
Since the start of my flute making career, I have embraced this art to where I find great enjoyment in commissioned pieces. This type of artistry is what brings me the most pleasure spiritually; being able to work with customers from beginning to end on their project. This is where my best work is done. My construction takes place in a non-competitive atmosphere, far removed from this otherwise competitive field; in solitude and with a clear and thoughtful focus. So, to be able to work one on one with my customers, no matter how simple or elaborate their project may be, is what I enjoy most. I work quietly and always in prayer. So please know that I am here to be of service to you should you be interested in acquiring a vision flute for yourself. Personalized Native American flutes are my specialty, as well as highest quality concert tuning.
The Native American flutes I create are 6-hole instruments in the traditional Plains Indian style. Each are tuned to 440Hz unless specialized tuning is requested. Flutes are available in four ranges and in a variety of keys, all which are mentioned below. I am also experienced in 'Grandfather tuning' for those who are interested in this specific style. I do not craft contemporary woodlands style flutes.
The amount of time to complete a commissioned flute can vary significantly, from 1 week to 1.5 years, depending on what detailed artistry might be involved. If deciding on a flute for an upcoming holiday as a gift for a family member or friend, please inquire well in advance to allow me ample time to complete your project. The holiday seasons are my busiest times and especially during the Christmas holiday so please consider ordering as early as you can to assure that I meet your expected delivery date.
When considering a flute purchase online, I realize that you are not able to test these instruments out before buying. So because of this, I make it a very easy process to exchange your flute for another that will be more suitable for you. I will always be readily available to assist you in your needs.
Native American Flutes by Commission:
Common Native American flutes are tuned to the standard minor scale, tuned to 440hz, unless specialized tuning is needed. My work is based on the Plains Indian style which I have found over the years to be most beautiful in tones. This style delivers an incredibly warm spirit - an absolute requirement for my own music. I do not craft contemporary woodlands style flutes.
High Range: A - G - G# - F - F# - E - D - D# - C - C# - B Mid Range:A - A# (Bb) - G - G# - F - F# - E Low Range:C - C# - D - D# - E Ultra Low Bass:C
Flute pricing depends on many factors such as wood type, key and range, and the implementation of art media applications if requested. I offer a variety of softwoods (such as cedars, juniper, poplar, redwood, etc) and also many varieties in hardwoods (maple, cherry, walnut, black walnut, myrtle wood and others). In addition, I carry several exotic woods from other countries which are priced according to their origin and availability. Figured woods and burls are also available. If sound quality is of utmost importance to you, I recommend considering my rare collection of Enchanted Cedar, available upon request.
Length of flutes will vary from 14 inches (such as Trail Flutes) to over 30 inches long. These lengths are determined by the range and key of the flute. The lower the key, the longer the flute will be.
Special Closed-End Flutes Dual Chambered Drones Branch Flutes 7-Hole Flutes
I also make custom flutes stands on commission.
Any Native American flute you purchase from me will be fully guaranteed, and for the life of the instrument while in your possession. Should you have any problems with your flute such as breakage, or find it in need of a new exterior finish after years of use, please let me know and I will take care of the issue at no extra cost to you. My customers' satisfaction is extremely important to my work.
If you would like to follow up with me on the idea of a flute for yourself, please feel free to contact me and I will reply within 24 hours. If inquiring by phone is more convenient, you can reach us at 1-888-590-1150.