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Every flute is unique

Haunted Coast Flutes and all Native American Flutes produce a sound that is simply mesmerizing, connecting with your soul through five simple notes.

  • ‌  Inspiration
  • ‌  Locally Sourced
  • ‌  Precision Crafted
  • ‌  Haunting Sounds
  • The flute is the third oldest musical instrument known

    The Native American flutes that I create are an adaptation on the šiyótȟaŋka which has roots in the indigenous peoples of the American South West and Eastern North America, whose history dates back 6,000 years, making the flute the third oldest musical instrument known to man (learn more about flute history at Flutopedia). The Native American flute is perhaps the easiest musical instrument to learn and is based on the 5 note pentatonic scale. It is possible to play music that most people are familiar with, but the music typically played on a Native American flute comes from the soul.

    As a kayaker and craftsman of Greenland paddles, I often kayak around the smaller islands off the west coast of Vancouver Island; these islands are home to a number of burial caves that often invoke spiritual peace, which is how the name, Haunted Coast Flutes, came into being. Haunted Coast Flutes and all Native American Flutes produce a sound that is simply mesmerizing, connecting with your soul through five simple notes. Unlike metal transverse flutes typically played in an orchestra, Native American Flutes are tuned in keys that produce a 'haunting' tone.

  • Each flute is crafted with an appreciation for the art of carving

    All of my Western Red Cedar flute and paddle wood originates from a small Old Growth Forest Woodlot on Malcolm Island in Johnstone Strait near Port McNeil. Most of the other woods are purchased from commercial sources such as Windsor Plywood in Nanaimo and French Creek and Nanaimo’s Finishing Store. I have also received some exotic wood, (Granadillo from Suriname) from an instrument maker in North Vancouver who is the harvester in Suriname.

    I have a laser engraver that I use to burn imagery of various birds and cultural caricatures onto the flute body, as well as my logo. On a very few flutes, I have mounted/bonded semi-precious stones and abalone.

  • My flutes embody an artistic flair with an appreciation for symmetry.

    The flutes are not drilled to create the bore (I wish) but are assembled from two halves that have been shaped on a router and bonded together to create a bore with a separate "slow" air chamber. Once the 2 pieces are bonded/glued together and the glue has cured, the exterior of the bore is supported on its ends between centers, and “turned” on a lathe to produce a round cylinder with a wall thickness of approximately 3/16 of an inch.

    Sometimes, when the mood strikes, I hand carve the exterior round surface of a flute. I seldom use calipers and other measuring instruments when carving or shaping a flute, and rely on an artistic "bent" and an ability to appreciate symmetry. I don’t consider myself a craftsman as none of my flutes are identical and therefore each one is unique. I see myself as more of an artisan.

  • Native American Flutes are keyed in the pentatonic scale.

    I make these flutes because I like to and I can; I love their sound and I have all the tools in my shop to produce them. Native American Flutes are keyed in the pentatonic scale (five note) and most music played is "keyed" "minor"- meaning to a musician that it sounds “sad.” The design of the flute is like a whistle, which everyone can play, and the simplicity of a pentatonic scale means Native American Flutes are relatively easy to play.

    Most people who purchase Native American Flutes just play notes that sound nice to the ear and low soft tones appeal to most and when one follows the general playing principles. Other more advanced players play complex musical pieces like Last of the Mohicans by Bevani and George Varghese

About the Owner

Team Member

Randy Millar

Flute Artisan

I enjoy a technical challenge, and have all the tools to create Native American Style flutes in my small shop. My understanding of the flute-making process has developed and I have honed my skills to now produce quality instruments. One day while demonstrating the haunting tones of one of my handcrafted flutes in a coffee shop a person asked if I would sell them – and Haunted Coast Flutes was born, so now I make both Native American style Flutes and Greenland style paddles.