About Miguel

ABOUT MIGUEL:

Hi, I'm Miguel Medina and here is a little about myself if you are interested to know more about who you are purchasing your flute from. I'm now 44 years old, married to a beatiful, talented and wonderful woman, Sarah who is also a very talented artist, and musician. I have now over 20 years as a flute maker, 15 of which has provided my sole income and supported my family and built a beautiful life for us. I could have never imagined where this flute journey has taken me. My daughter Kiera will be 15 years old this year, and I've had the good fortune of helping to raise 3 other wonderful children. Stormi and Spring(Kieras brother and sister), and Hannah(Sarahs amazing daughter!)who are all now young adults, and doing well. We all are still quite close, and will have a life long relationship. One of the greatest blessings of being a flute maker, is that I've always been able to be available for the kids, and share time that so many people have to sacrifice for there carrers. I am very greatful to have all of them in my life.

The person who first taught me how to make flutes was a man named John EagleHeart.  I met him in Sante Fe, where he was selling flutes at a flea market. I watched him play the flutes while his son was napping next to him on a buffalo robe. John offered to teach me his craft. Within a week, I arrived at his house in Del Norte, Colorado, where I stayed for one month in his tipi, learning the art of flute making. This kind man is also a pipe carrier for the people, and poured for me four of my first sweat lodge ceremonies, which is now a very important part of my life. This adventure was profound for me, as John lived in this vast and beautiful desert with his wife and two children, in a home with no electricity or running water, and managed wonderfully. It was truly a lesson of faith in the Creators ability to provide for us. The golden eagles that circled this land, were kind enough to bless me with one of their feathers, a symbol of the birth of my path on this Red Road, and the birth of SingingTree Flutes.  From there I kept traveling and fine tuned the flute making craft, learning about tuning with a chromatic tuner, and making various keys, styles and tunings. Eric Marczach a flute maker from Albany, NY was a huge help in helping me with this. It took many years of trial and error to learn the finger placement for all the various keys and tunings, and I'm still learning! 

Through the past 20 years I have apprenticed many people, including my wife Sarah who can make some amazing sounding flutes, Tony Gomes, and many others. One apprentice that stands out is Billy Spear of WildWood Flutes. We were neighbors for a long time sharing a workshop, as well as beliefs and a common goal. The goal being, to work with each other and other Artists to continuously improve our product, sharing ideas, advice and criticism. He has now moved on to a very successful green carpentry business, but will always be remembered as a great flute maker! He was a huge help to me in fine tuning my craftsmanship, and he was responsible for getting me on the internet, where ebay gave singingtreeflutes a world name. Thanks Billy!, Love you!

Also, I have continued my walk as a spiritual person, and am very involved in Native American ceremonies etc. It has become an obligation of mine to help support the healing of Native and non Native people who have suffered various traumas, and to help remind and encourage people to find joy, love and unity in this life. The flute maker lifestyle also gives me the ability to help people in this way, through ceremony and council, non of which is "paid". I beleive that if I live a blessed life, I show gratitude for that by helping others find a way to have a blessed life. See more on our News and Community Page.

ABOUT SINGTREEFLUTES:

We have come so far since our early days on ebay! Our craftsmanship in the past 5 years has surpassed our wildest imagination! Who makes dragon flutes? I guess we do! Our attention to detail on all levels has improved greatly! This new website is one example, a clean new look, sound samples of each flute, youtube videos, high quality photos, etc. Our specialty is rare tunings and fancy art pieces. We love custom orders, when we can collaborate with our customers ideas to create something niether of us could have thought up on our own! We've made some crazy flutes.... bee flutes, alligator flutes, frog flutes, peoples pet flutes. We do elaborate woodburn art, detailed gemstone inlay, detailed carvings. If you have an idea, we'll try it! We also have quite a large international following as well. It was difficult to stay afloat during the economy crash, but thanks to our international market, we managed, where lots of reputable flute makers had to retire, or move to part time crafting.

Where ebay used to be our "bread and butter", we're are putting most of our energy toward bringing business to our website. In moving forward, we don't have the ability to mass produce large quantities of inexpensive flutes, so we're focusing our attention on marketting the gallery quality flutes. Of coarse we will always have the lower cost, student flutes available as well. We count on our Newsletters, and our email contact list to continue to grow in order to succeed. At the same time, we are doing what we can to be an integress business, both to our customers and the earth. We ship with recycled, reused or biodegradeable bubble wrap, we use safe, non toxic finishes, and we use reclaimed, local and sustainably harvested wood whenever possible. It is our priority to please our customers, and we will refund or replace any product that you aren't happy with, for 60 days after your item is purchased. We may experiment with some other products and accessories as well, so keep your eyes peeled! 

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