Jan Michael is honored to work closely with Artisan Flutemaker Douglas Thunder Horse.
Douglas began carving his flutes many years ago. From the first time he heard the indigenous flute he realized his purpose in life, to bring this beautiful instrument to life so that others could sing the song that they carried in their heart. To share the “gift” and the “medicine” of the flute.
There were not many people out there to learn this craft from so he struggled at first until he met an old man, another flute maker that shared with him the basics and also the wisdom of why we make our flutes the way we do.
He explained that every flute we make is already spoken for we just need to find the one it was carved for. He explained that our flutes are our spiritual connection. They should reflect who we are and how we walk upon the Earth.
Using the basic instructions given by the elder, Douglas developed his flutes into what they are today, playable works of art that connect with the spirit within the player whether they are a seasoned performer or a beginner. The simple symbolisms on his flutes entice the song from deep within. The “Seventh Direction”, the center of the universe.
In the early 2000’s Douglas began offering his instruments internationally to recording artist, beginners and collectors all over the world. Through the years Douglas has received many awards for his flutes, but the greatest reward is hearing his flutes sing the heart songs of others as they share their gift with others. He delights in seeing the joyful smiles of the children as he plays to them.
In 2019 Douglas realized a lifelong dream of recording and releasing his first CD “Sacred Journey”, a collaboration with Jan Michael Looking Wolf and Robin Gentlewolf which garnered a Silver Global Music Award. He is also very humbled to have received the “Soaring Eagle Award” from NASFA for his contributions to the flute community and sharing his generous spirit as he shares the gift of both his music and instruments with others.
From Douglas: “I have always felt so blessed since the flutes began coming to life in my hands. I have been priviledged to work with many exotic woods both foreign and domestic bringing the visions of my carvings to life. I have held true to my purpose and to the original way of voicing and tuning my flutes as I was shown in the beginning. Each flute has been a spiritual connection as I watch my hands work. I have kept my flutes affordable as I believe that the flute is created for the good of the people, the universe. Each new flute that leaves my shop brings a beautiful new song to the world, the more flutes that go out into the world, the more beautiful the world becomes.”
Douglas is very honored to work with Jan Michael and Robin designing custom “Signature” series flutes. He also offers other basic series flutes holding true to the original way he was taught flute making. In addition to his basic flutes he enjoys carving “one of a kind” custom flutes working with his clients to bring the instrument they envision to life.
“My prayer from the beginning was that my flutes would always support themselves. My prayer has been answered thousand fold. If we serve our true purpose in life everything we need will come to us. Walk within the circle and the Creator will provide.”
“My prayer from the beginning was that my flutes would always support themselves. My prayer has been answered thousand-fold. If we serve our true purpose in life, everything we need will come to us. Walk within the circle and the Creator will provide.” - Douglas
“I cherish my flutes created by Douglas. Each one has its own story to tell and brings many beautiful songs to my heart. Douglas lives his life in service to others and for his family. That love is reflected in his craft and can be heard in every note.”
Jan Michael Looking Wolf
“Just holding a flute created by Douglas Thunder Horse, one can feel the balance and life in the wood. His attention to detail and tuning make them perfect for solo flute playing and sharing heartsongs. It is a high honor to play his flutes and know him as a brother.”