The Southern Cross Flutes Ethos
The name Southern Cross Flutes came about while I was apprenticing with Flute Maker Matt Shooting Star in the hinterlands of Australia. Like his name implies, his farm afforded views of large unbroken night skies for stargazing. I would instinctively draw my bearings from the Southern Cross in the night sky, finding peace and solitude.
For me, the constellation and the flute represent similar guiding entities and qualities in my life. I have chosen this name for the spirit behind the flutes that I craft, subsuming the qualities of a peaceful restful mind and clear guidance for our unique life journey.
May your Southern Cross Flutes flute serve you well in this way.
Meet the Southern Cross Flutes Flute Makers ...
Bruce McNaught – Director & Chief Flute Maker
Bruce brings to Southern Cross Flutes a ‘grab bag’ of creative endeavors developed over the years, and has always come back to the passion of working with timber. Bruce loves carving, and his Custom Totems are a huge hit and wonderful addition to the flute lineup.
Roger – Flute Maker
Roger brings to the team 20 years of woodwork artistry. As a classically-trained guitar player, Roger has an ear for perfecting the acoustical properties of the flute.Outside the workshop, he writes fiction, teaches yoga and trades financial derivatives.
Todd Chaplin – Founder
Passionate about Native American Flutes, Todd learnt the craft from Master Flute Makers in Australia and the United States. Bringing his talents for business, teaching, technical problem solving, woodwork and flute playing, Todd created a thriving flute making business in the outskirts of New Zealand. At the start of 2021, Todd passed Southern Cross Flutes onto longtime flute maker Bruce McNaught.
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