Homestead Retreat at Horse Fork, Clyde, NC
Making and Playing Native American-style Flutes
Hawk has a real passion for Native American flutes. He has been playing them, making them, and teaching others how to create their own for nearly three decades. Gathering his own rivercane and bamboo - relaxing in the quite sacredness of the patches - this is one of his favorite ways to enjoy a day. Originally self-taught, he considers himself very fortunate to have studied with some of the finest flute makers and players across the country. His playing was influenced by his two friends, Snowbear Taylor and Frank Chambless, as well as, the early recordings of Carlos Nakai and Bob Two Hawks. He his grateful for the assistance he received from Eddie Bushyhead, Oreo Van Doren, & Hawk Littlejohn.
Flute making classes provide each participant with a chance to create an authentic, Native American-style rivercane flute. This Southeastern-style of pentatonic (5 or 6 hole) flute is end blown, easy to play, and very satisfying to make. The sound that resonates from these traditional instruments is hauntingly beautiful. This workshop will include creating, decorating, and learning to play the flutes. Your flute will be made from either a type of wild indigenous grass, known as river cane (Arundinaria gigantea) or from its cousin, black bamboo, (Phyllostachys nigra). Both river cane and bamboo are specially selected and cut in the cold of winter, then stored for several months to dry out. Using only fire, each flute will be carefully decorated, further “curing” the cane and creating unique design patterns. Classes take from 3 to 5 hours and can been held at schools, homes, churches, summer camps, galleries, and even public parks. We will craft, decorate, and learn to play your flute. The cost of the workshop is generally around $65, per person. Prices may vary, dependant upon travel time and the number of participants. Pre-registration is required. Group Discounts are available, upon request. Best for adults and youth, ages 10 and up.
Making and Playing Native American-style Drums
Drum making classes will provide each participant with a chance to create an authentic, Native American-style ceremonial drum. The sound that resonates from these instruments is absolutely wonderful, while the method of tying we use will keep your drum tight for years to come. Hawk first learned to make this style of drum from Jim Hickey, a master drum maker from the Pacific Northwest Coast. Jim learned to make this style from the ‘First Nations’ people of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This class will last from four to six hours, and will include making, decorating, and learning to play the drum. Programs can been held at retreats, homes, churches, summer camps, galleries, and even public parks. The cost of the workshop may vary, dependant upon the number of participants, travel time, and the current market price of the materials. Group discounts are available, upon request. Best for adults and youth age 12 and up. Individual drum making classes and drum playing lessons are also available, upon request.
To arrange a class or to schedule a private sessions to either make or play a flute or drum, please contact Hawk.
For complete details go to Hawk's website at: www.hawkhurstflutes.com
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Native American-style Flute and Drum Making with Hawk Hurst