Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Made in St. Louis: Local Musician Makes Native American Wooden Flutes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Made in St. Louis: Local Musician Makes Native American Wooden Flutes

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Age * 38

Family * Wife, Christine; two children: Sam, 8 and Lily, 4

Home * Imperial

What he makes * Lee is the owner of Farpoint Flutes and makes custom wooden Native American-style flutes. To reach him, call 314- 709-0268 or email To view his flutes, visit


Tell us about yourself. * My background is somewhat eclectic. I have degrees in mass communication and English education. I am a former high school English teacher, as well as a former U.S. Marine. I've been a musician for over 25 years. I currently perform with various groups around town; sometimes I play my flutes in public, but I also sing and play guitar, saxophone and a few ethnic percussion instruments. I'm a stay-at-home daddy, and my wife and I home-school our two children. I'm currently working toward making Farpoint Flutes my full-time business. In the meantime, I make money through musical performance and freelance copy editing. I'm also a member of the World Flute Society.

Talk to us about your flute business. * I started making flutes in 2009 after I met a professional flutemaker from Everton, Mo., (near Springfield) named Jerry Fretwell. I found Jerry through a recommendation from a local musician called RavenWolf. He was playing at a local expo, and the music just grabbed me. I had heard the Native American flute many times, but I had never seen one played live. I ordered a flute from Jerry, and he happened to be coming to St. Louis about the time it was finished, so he brought it to me personally in 2009. We became friends instantly. I asked if he would teach me how to make flutes, and he agreed. I camped out in his back woods and spent a weekend in his shop. Jerry was a great teacher and mentor. I learned everything I could, and I started making flutes like crazy after I returned home. It took quite a while to learn many of the nuances of flute making, and I'm still learning new things with every new flute I make. I've never had an occupation that was so fulfilling. …

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