- I been a professional photographer since I worked for the US Government documenting Test and Evaluation of Research and Development projects for the US Army and US Navy in the later half of the 1980s. I came home to Maine to finish my Marketing Degree at USM and began to work full time in Market Research and Marketing for many years while documenting weddings and occasional photojournalist and commercial jobs on the weekends. In 2001 I again returned to photography as a full time trade and have never been a happier man. I love working with creative individuals, couples, small businesses and select Non-Profits and can’t imagine working in any other trade. In 1987 I was lucky enough to wed my high school sweetheart and we now live in a cozy little solar powered, recycled bungalow a mile deep in our woods in the Western Hills of Maine with our two brilliant home-schooled teenage daughters and our three cats.
Awen Cara continued
This is the Druidic symbol for Awen (flowing Spirit). Having the symbol for Awen on the flute as appropriate as you make spontaneous music with such an instrument as a meditation rather than using sheet music. This type of flute is in a pentatonic scale that is common to many indigenous peoples' culture (Celts included.) I find that the pentatonic scale is terrific when you don't want to think about music but just want to make it happen.
The beak that I was initially going to remove, but now realise adds a lot of character and personality to the flute.
I very much enjoyed the workshop. Though I'm not Native American Indian by culture and do not feel drawn to practise their rituals, there are certain elements of ritual that are common to most of the first peoples around the globe. The sacred meditation that comes from the flow of vibration and welling up of spirit is one of these elements common to all peoples. Tim's class recognises this and the flutes are born from blocks of white cedar in a very positive ritual 'cedar circle' with honourable intent and a relationship with the participants and the flutes is well formed. I highly recommend the workshop if you have any interest in sound as a meditative or healing tool in the world, regardless your religion.