About Charles' Art
Award winning Native American flute maker, recording artist and Native American Music Award Nominee, 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 Piikani Nation Blackfoot Band in Brocket, Alberta, Canada and son of the late Chief Jack Littleleaf. Although Charles' works 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' market.
Every passing year, I find the desires for my work increasing to where, today, it's not as often that I will have instruments readily available. 85% of these instruments are now obtained through commission although, on occasion, I may have a few completed flutes which will be advertised under our Ready To Ship Flutes category. If you need an instrument in short order, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to let you know what I have currently available, or soon to be completed which have not yet been advertised.
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Since the start of my flute making career, I have found 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 musician quality tuning.
The amount of time to complete a commissioned flute can vary significantly, from 5 days to 1 1/2 years, depending on what type of detailed artistry is 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.
The Native American flutes I create are 6-hole instruments in the traditional Plains Indian style and 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.
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 if find your instrument is not compatible. I am always readily available to assist you with 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.
Flute Recommendation for Beginners:
High D, Mid A, Mid G and Mid G# are recommended keys for beginning flute players. Lower keys in Low D, Low D#, Low E and Low C flutes are recommended for beginning flute players who have larger sized hands or who have effective finger and hand dexterity when playing other musical instruments such as the piano, transverse flutes and clarinets, as well as the guitar.
Available Flute Ranges and Keys:
High Range: A - G - G# - F - F# - E - D - D# - C - C#
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 9 inches to over 30 inches long. Lengths are determined by the range and key of the instrument. The lower the key, the longer the flute will be.
Pentatonic (minor) Scale
Diatonic (Major) Scale
Standard 440hz & 432hz
Other instruments available on commission:
Special Closed-End Flutes
Dual Chambered Drones
Click here to see a collection of my commissioned flutes. Again, I happily welcome personalizations.
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.
Thank you for your visit.