Sunday, April 20, 2008

NCFC Spring Gathering 2008: Russ Veneble Flutes

We're less than a week away from the second annual NCFC/NoNahme Spring Gathering in Georgetown, CA. To highlight the event, I thougth 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...

Next, I wanted to introduce you to a flutemaker who I've known for several years. Russ Veneble has been making flutes since 1995, and has been a long time friend of both Lew Paxton Price and Mary Youngblood for all of those years. Russ lives in New Mexico, but finds his way to California occasionally. He was here last year for the first NCFC/NoNahme Spring Flute Festival. Russ makes wonderfully crafted flutes. He loves to experiment with unique woods and with interesting tunings. If you've got some new idea for a flute tuning and can't find another flute maker to attempt it, talk to Russ. He love a challenge. Russ is also known for being one of the first flute makers to produce dual chambered flutes, and I think that he makes one of the best.

Just look on his website for examples of some of the drone flutes that he's made:

Even though Russ makes wonderful flutes, and is always willing to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested, I think that the most memorable thing about Russ is his great laugh and wonderful smile. He's a true 'modern day kokopelli', spreading laughter and joy where ever he goes. Make sure that you find some time to stop by and met Russ at the event.

For more about RV Flutes heres the 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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