Friday, April 25, 2008

NCFC Spring Flute Festival2008: Lew Price

The second annual NCFC/NoNahme Spring Gathering starts tomorrow in Georgetown, CA. To highlight the event, I thought that I would feature a short introduction or review of each of the vendors who will be selling flutes next weekend. There will be a lot of other vendors with awesome crafts for sale, far too many for me to talk about each of them. But since I know personally, or know of all of the flutemakers, I thought that I would spend a few moments letting you know what's in store so that you bring a few extra bucks with you, just in case...

What can I say about Lew Paxton Price that hasn't already been said?
If you are new to playing the Native American Flute, then you may not have heard Lew's name before. But almost every modern flute maker (flutemakers who have started making flutes in the last 10 years) has been influenced by Lew's work in some way or another. Lew's is a humble guy, probably one of the humblest people that I've met on my flute path. But Lew's life work has been focused on making the incredibly difficult physics of the flute understandable for the average person. Lew has written well over a dozen books on topics related to the construction of the Native American Flut and other styles of indigenous flutes. In his books, he has outlined the specifications for creating a flute and where to position the holes to get a perfectly tuned instrument. Lew has also helped to create software and spreadsheets to help guide flutemakers as they produce their instruments. If you have any questions about how the flute works, how to make a flute or anything else related to the transmission of sound wave, Lew is a great source of knowledge and an engaging teacher.

Lew and Mary Youngblood are the two folks who helped start the Northern California Flute Circle so many years ago. We consider Lew and Mary to be our "elders" helping to guide us as we grow, prosper and evolve to meet the needs of our membership.

Once you get the chance to met Lew I think that you understand how much we appreciate all that he's done to bring this beautiful instrument back to life!

Be sure to stop by the NCFC/NoNahme booth during the event, where you can meet Lew, check out his books and flutes that he'll have for sale.

You can also visit Lew's Website:

For a complete list of vendors, check out the festival page: Don't forget that the NCFC/NoNahme Spring Flute Festival is April 26-27, 2008, in Georgetown, CA. 8 AM - 6 PM each day

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