Native American flutes and English flutes from the UK

Welcome to Second Voice, Native American style flutes, individually handmade in England using a wide range soft and hardwoods indigenous to the UK, as well as the finest traditional US woods.

And welcome to what I hope will start you, or help progress you, on your flute journey. From a strange sequence of unplanned events, I came to make my first Native American style cedar flute on Dartmoor in 2002 under the superb guidance of Nigel Shaw and Guillermo Martinez. With the first notes that I managed to produce from it, I immediately realised that I had been granted a precious gift. Making these haunting, melodic instruments has since then become a spiritual and practical life path, and a way of giving the trees whose wood I use a second voice. I make them for the joy of making them and for what they can give to the player and all those who hear them. All of this, including my work, philosophy and spirit as a flutemaker, is outlined in the Introduction page.

As I have developed as a flutemaker, so has the range of flutes I make. The flutes shown in the Galleries are a small selection and simply there as examples; you can choose whatever combination of characteristics you would like, as I handcraft each flute to the player and their hands. The Little Owl, Air Spirit and Sacred Spirit series all include ideal straight-forward first flutes, as well as more individual ones. Some of the most recent and expressive carved and crafted flutes are shown on the Custom and Gathering flute pages, while the Healing flute page shows how crystal and flute energies can be combined to provide a powerful source of spiritual relaxation, and how tuning at 432Hz can enhance this.

I make flutes for anyone and everyone, from novice players to professional recording artists, from private individuals to Reiki and Sound Therapy practitioners. So, whether you are already a flute player, a musician or a complete novice looking to expand musical horizons, someone looking for an easy-to-play instrument that sings to the soul, a collector of traditional instruments, or just a lover of art in wood, please feel free to browse and to make contact at any time, either for more information, to ask for a flute to be made, or just to talk about wooden flutes.

Native American style and English flutes hand crafted at Second Voice Flutes


After 15 years I am sad to say I have been forced into retirement by health issues relating in part to the exposure to wood dust and resins which occurs despite all manner of protective systems, something I know other flutemakers have fallen prey to. I am also now 64 and have reached the point where I have other goals I want to aim for, the first being a series of CD albums incorporating my NA flutes, the first of which, The Sum of Parts is now on release (see below). I am under no illusion that the Universe has orchestrated things and I have to accept with an open heart the paths now being offered to me. I can only thank the Spirits, my Guides and the Universe itself for bringing me to flutemaking, giving me challenges each day and helping me develop my craft and Spiritual awareness over the years. I also owe great thanks to all those very many people who have come to my door and asked me to create flutes for them – it was truly an honour, thank you all. And while the workshop door is now closed, I am leaving this website here simply as inspiration to others, to show what can be done in the making of these flutes and also to provide workshop tutorials for other makers should they want help and ideas.

Peace and light to you all, David


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