It takes hours and hours to get a normal piece of tree into a beautiful Native American-style flute.
David Webb, who is not Native American, shared his passion for the culture and the beautiful sounds of the flute at his workshop in Nemo.
Playing a flute on his deck, the sound of Webb's instrument blended perfectly with the wind chimes. "The wood and the material it's made with gives it a soft haunting sound versus your really hard silver metal concert flute," said Webb.
Webb has only been making flutes since 2011, but he already has quite the assortment. "I'm on number 203 right now, "said Webb. "My wife says she has to nail down the furniture so I don't make flutes out of the legs of the furniture," he laughed.
What started as a hobby, grew into Webb's business, Dakota Wind Song Flutes. But Webb says he's not claiming to be Native American. "A true American flute by true U.S. law is made by an actual blood Native American craftsman, so what I make is what is deemed a Native American-style flute," said Webb. "I respect them and their heritage."
He says he just loves the culture, style, and sound of the flutes and wants to perpetuate what he calls a lost art. "It's one of the oldest musical instruments on record," said Webb.
And perfecting one of these flutes can take up to sixty hours to get the instrument to go from a tree branch to a smoothly polished flute. It takes slicing, cutting, gluing, and of course, testing for the perfect sound.
But Webb says it's all part of the experience. "They're as much fun to play as they are to make," said Webb.
Webb just finished recording his first CD and is already working hard on his second. You can catch him playing around KOTA Territory.