I am a substitute schoolteacher at four different high schools and love to play a few notes to a class of unsuspecting kids occasionally… especially when they are being noisy and not looking at me. If I play a few notes, the room gets immediately silent as I watch them looking all around for the sound and see jaws drop in sheer astonishment. It really turns heads. Sometimes, as the students are leaving the classroom, I will play a note when only one student is looking. Rarely does anyone believe him when he tries to tell them what he saw. Of course, I deny it. Now kids stop me all the time and say, "Are you the sub whose cane is a flute? Is it really?". "Yup"... "No way!" “Yes way!” and they ask to hear a few notes. This past year the popular exclamation at school is "Saa-weet" (sweet). I enjoy near-celebrity status! Teachers are beginning to stop me in the halls for the same reason. In one school, I can't walk through the cafeteria without multiple people coming up to me. Way cool. It is sooo much fun!
The moon shone brightly
This autumn night…
A single moon beam cast its way
Through the window,
Illuminating the flute
That was resting on the shelf…
And I thought to myself,
Only when the flute is silent
Does it have its full potential…
Every note… every space…
Every nuance of music
Is still within its grasp…
Realizing… however, that once
A single note is played,
All of the rest become… for a moment…
Each note having its own
Special place in time
To be heard.
I sat in the darkness and watched
As the moon beam slide across the shelf
And fell to the floor,
As it always had…
Autumn passed to winter,
As it always had…
And the flute waits patiently,
As it always has..
...A year or so ago, I purchased a walking cane flute with the brass bird head and kokopelli painted on the side. I still own and play my flute. Just recently I took it to the local Ren Fair and had many compliments on its beauty and sound. Now it hangs on the corner of my fireplace when not in use in my new log cabin home. Just a beautiful wonderful touch to my home.
So thank you again and God bless!
As promised, here is a photo of me with my walking stick bamboo flute. It was taken on a small mountain in Kananaskis Country along the Canadian Rocky Mountains (about 45 minutes from Calgary, AB). It served me well. Thanks again!
I just wanted to write you and let you know how pleased I am with my new flute. I just received it the other day and am enjoying its beautiful tone and beautiful appearance. It is a true work of art worth every penny!
I just received my inked walking stick/flute (or, is that flute/walking stick?) and what a beautiful thing it is to the ear AND the eye! You've combined healthy exercise and music so that the mind and body may wander together. Great job!
Thank you all and be well,
Stan here. I bought your cane flute for my wife a couple of months back, and I just wanted to tell you how delighted Lynn is with it. She really uses it, too. As a cane, that is. It’s obviously built to last.
Frankly, she’s really not musically inclined. (Listening, yes. Playing, no!) So as I DO play, I’ll play her cane when we rest on our walks together. It’s become something precious that we share and we’d both like to thank you. You make this world a better place!
Stan and Lynn
I am typing this to tell everyone involved at S.B.F. how much I enjoy my walking stick flute. It arrived about a week and a half ago and I already can play the scale and all the songs in the booklet despite never touching, let alone playing, any wood wind instrument in my life! Its sound is great, and thank you for producing such a quality product at an affordable price and making it easy for DIY beginners to learn. I will continue to play and walk with it till I need a replacement in which I will be returning to S.B.F. for all my musical/bamboo needs.
In 1989 I purchased a Bamboo flute in D from you while at the Big E in West Springfield, Mass. I was 39 at the time. Now 60, it still brings me much joy. Amazing what a grass can do for music.
So much for the 1 year warranty!
I received my walking stick flute today, and I just have to say it’s beautiful. My family coat of arms looks fantastic! This is the first time I have ever played the flute. It took me a bit to produce the first note, but I can now play the scale on the first day.
Thank you for this wonderful work of art.