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A photo album of especially interesting flutes I have made. Geared for those who have shakuhachimania. Every now and then I will introduce something new, so be sure to check it out! (Instruments in this series not for sale.)
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A few words about my work schedule and other
@I make my living as both a shakuhachi performer
and maker. My schedule is very fluid. Performing
takes precedence, and I fit instrument making
between performances. When I was apprenticed
to Chikusen Tamai, who taught me to make
shakuhachi, he used to say that being a performer
and a maker at the same time was like trying
to wear two shoes on one foot. In a way I
think he was right. It probably is a good
idea to specialize in one thing that you
do very well. But I love to perform and I
love to make shakuhachi, and I probably couldn't
make a living just doing one. So here I am
with two shoes on one foot. Especially in
the case of shakuhachi, I have found that
playing has made me a better maker, and making
has made me a better player, and that it
is possible to do both at once. However,(there
had to be a catch) I can only make a few
shakuhachi at a time, perhaps at a pace of
one instrument per month, but even that varies.
Ideally, I would have a huge stock of instruments
already made so that I could respond to orders
right away. and it may have something to
do with my personality that I have nothing
in stock. I always think, "I'm going
to make lots of shakuhachi so I can have
some in stock". Today I am still thinking
it. I may not be such a great businessman,
so I am deeply indebted to the people who
like my instruments enough to want to play
them. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.
About ordering a shakuhachi
@@@Yes, I do repair work, too. Feel free to Email me with your questions.
@@@I have lots of experience restoring antique shakuhachi to their former beauty. (And I really enjoy this work!)
How to order a shakuhachi:
Please contact me by email.