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My love for flutes began with the Japanese Shakuhachi. As I learned to play and make these gorgeous flutes, I was blown away by the mastery of the Japanese craftsmen. Every detail and every measurement are labored over for sometimes months at a time, until perfection is achieved. It was here, spending years learning to play and make these flutes, that I earned a doctorate in Flute Science from the School of Hard Knocks.
Once I was comfortable with my Shakuhachi skills, I became curious about the traditions of flutes from other parts of the world outside of Japan. I've always had a wide range of musical interests, so flutes were a way for me to explore many different cultures and musical traditions. In the process I learned to play, as well as to create, the Chinese Xiao, the Armenian Duduk, the Native American Flute, as well as the Irish Flute and Pennywhistle.
It was from a lifelong fascination with Irish Traditional music that I stumbled upon the humble Pennywhistle. I had been listening to its lovely tones for a decade without realizing what exactly was making the sounds I had come to love. Once I discovered its identity, I tried playing many different brands. Having already been spoiled by the immaculate performance of the Shakuhachi flute, I was quite unimpressed with the whistles I had acquired. I couldn't afford one of the elusive whistles from the master makers like Copeland or Sindt, so I decided to make use of my imaginary doctorate in Flute Science to design a Pennywhistle which lived up to the tonal standard of the Shakuhachi, without breaking anyone's wallets along the way. Little did I know I would soon sell over 1700 of these little wonders to over 40 countries and counting.