Handmade Flutes tune in ages of antiquity
by Shawna Graves
Artist couple Bob and Jodie Freeman make one-of-a-kind flutes, that are both functional and decorative, out of their Marathon, Texas-based studio. Bob, also a fine landscape photographer, crafts the flutes from aromatic cedar, poplar and black walnut woods. For special orders, he considers many variables, including hand size, musical experience, dexterity, and travel or backpacking plans for use of the flute.
Bob learned how to make flutes over 30 years ago from archaeologists who based their designs on ancient instruments uncovered at archaeological excavation sites. He has since refined the design, and Jodie adds an element of Southwest spiritualism
through her embellishments. She makes fetishes—hummingbirds, bears, birds and other critters—that adorn the instruments. Some of the fetishes are purely decorative, and others play a role in tuning the sound.
Jodie is also an avid painter, quilter and knitter. The couple can often be found working in their woodshop together, each at their own scroll saw. “If I sell the flutes, great. If I don’t, that’s fine too. It’s an excuse for us to work together,” Bob remarked. Their handiwork can be found at local craft shows throughout the year, where Bob demonstrates the musical beauty of his flutes, by playing a few songs.
Learn more at www.tworavensflutes.com or call 214-505-9390.