Oak Flute

The Sounds of Silence

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE Sitting quietly on a rock I hear the silence of my space. Feeling in my heart I’m in the presence of God’s grace. I listen to what I hear, I’m overcome by the buzzing of the bees, the wind in the trees and the sound of silence. . I am blessed […]

Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger (About a plaintive soul on a journey through life. ) [Verse 1] I am a poor wayfaring stranger, While journeying through, This world alone. There’s no sickness, toil nor danger, In that bright land, To which I go. Grandfather lived and died a farmer A-reaping’ less than he did sow. And now I follow […]

The Elderberry, A Branch that Makes Music

This is a Native American-Style flute made from an Elderberry branch that I found while on a hike in my area. The Native Americans used to make flutes out of Elderberry stalks. (branches) They would hollow out the stems and remove the pith from the inside of the stalk. Setting aside the pith for later and used it […]

My Thoughts: Learning About Love From My Dog

When I look into the eyes of my dog she teaches me what true love is all about. I learn from her loyalty and unconditional love just how important it is for us to be faithful and loving to one another. Thank you, God, for giving me my dog. Her very presence gives me peace and comfort every day.

My Thoughts: My Flutes Talk To Me

Every day when I play my flute, it seems as though it talks to me. When I listen to what it says, that becomes my song. The song comes from my heart, and the music comes out as my prayer!

Brotherhood

If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20 KJV

My Thoughts: Walking My Path (The Dance)

  When I am walking the trail I feel God’s Spirit (The Holy Spirit) and I know that he is with me, guiding me, and that I am never alone. This gives me the strength to walk my path with confidence and assurance that whatever decisions I make in my life, God is leading me to […]

Different Woods Have Different Tones

You may have heard some folks talk about flutes made of softwood having a different sound than those made of hardwood. Softwood is a type of wood that comes from a coniferous tree, such as cedar, redwood, or pine. Hardwoods come from a deciduous tree, such as an oak or maple. The softwoods are less dense than […]

My Thoughts: And a Cherokee Prayer for Wisdom and Self-Control

Great Spirit, Help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence. ~Cherokee Prayer When I am walking the trail, which I do almost daily, I know that Gods spirit is guiding me, and I realize that I […]

Praying in Seven Directions

Facing the east as the sun comes up. Thanking You for a good new day. Drinking from Your sacred cup. Understanding what you say. As I turn my attention to the south. I ask You to bless the folks I love. Both those that live away and within my house. To give them Your peace […]

My Morning Prayer: Prayer for a New Day

Prayer For a New Day By Howard Ball Thank you great spirit for walking with me Thank you for what you teach me from day to day All of the beauty in nature that I see Help me to walk a good path, I pray I need your strength to face tomorrow To do my […]

My Thoughts: God Bless America

Heavenly Father, I pray for our country and that our leaders will make wise decisions with Your direction. “In God we trust” I pray for peace and understanding without judgement for all of America and the world. I pray for all of those who are suffering with loss of loved ones, homes, and property in […]

I Guess That I Shall Never See a Poem Lovely as a Tree

I discovered this unusual pine tree years ago while hiking in the wooded hills near my home, here in Eastern Washington.  It is one of my very favorite spots to hike to. I often take friends and family to see this very special tree. It has sparked many conversations and questions as to how it […]

Remembering My Friend, Glen Douglas

Glen Douglas, February 1, 1927 – May 22, 2011 I miss my friend, Glen Douglas. I danced at the local (Spokane area) pow wows with him for many years. He was a special person and a good friend to many. Glen was always there with a helping hand, kindness, and words of wisdom to show […]

Do It Again, Daddy!

“Do it again, Daddy, do it again” All of us have seen children excited about what they have learned, especially when they have conquered a fear. Many of us have been around small children and have taught little ones how to turn fear of the unknown into confidence, through trusting in God. Below is a Native […]

Remembering My Dad and His Role in Developing the Liberty Lake Regional Park

“By the Stream” by Howard Ball (flute solo) and video footage, by Keith Harris is dedicated to my dad, Howard T. Ball for his role in preserving this beautiful treasure in Liberty Lake, Washington.  In 1966 my father, Howard T. Ball was a  county commissioner in Spokane, Washington.The Miller family owned the land now known as […]

He Can Fancy Dance, Written and Sung By Cindy Paul

I was recently moved to tears by this beautiful, sad song, He Can Fancy Dance, by Cindy Paul. It really hit home with me because I have known many Native People that have experienced similar circumstances growing up. It is a very sad fact in the lives of many older Native Americans. I recently contacted […]

The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Recitation & Flute Accompaniment by Howard Ball

Listen as I recite this Western song and poem, Shifting Whispering Sands, written by Vivian Clark Gilbert and his wife, Mary Margaret Hadler. It was first recorded in 1955 by Rusty Draper. My favorite recording was by Johnny Cash Yes it always whispers to me of the days of long ago, when the settlers and the […]

Another Walking Staff Flute!

This special flute is made of Ebonized Oak. It plays in the Key of F and is tuned to 432 Hertz.  About Walking Staff Flutes: I make a flute that doubles as a Walking Staff. I use this kind of flute while hiking in the woods and hills near my home. This style of flute can […]

Oak Walking Staff Flute

Update: This Flute is now SOLD! I make a flute that doubles as a Walking Staff. I use this kind of flute while hiking in the woods and hills near my home. This style of flute can be used to help with balance or for relaxing and playing a song. The flute is made of solid Oak, […]

Rainbow, A Sign of Hope and God’s Promises

We have had some amazing rainbows in our neck of the woods lately! I took this photo a couple of nights ago from my front deck. It was exactly what I needed to see on that very day, at that very time. I love it when that happens. God’s Glory, as shown in nature, always […]

This Week’s Feature: Bass-Toned, Bamboo Flutes!

Bamboo is considered an exotic wood, although it can be found in the United States. My bamboo flutes are a great and affordable way to start on your flute-playing adventure. While they sound beautiful, (some of my favorite personal flutes are bamboo) they are less expensive than my other exotic woods, as well as the […]

As Long as the Grass Shall Grow: Recitation and Flute Accompaniment by Howard Ball

 Listen as I recite (and accompany with the Native American flute) this song released by Johnny Cash in 1964. As long as the moon shall rise, as long as the rivers flow, As long as the sun will shine, as long as the grass shall grow. The Senecas are an Indian tribe of the Iroquios […]

The Sounds of Nature

The Sounds of Nature As I walk a new path today, I anticipate where God will lead me, and I begin to pray. I climb higher, walking up the hill, high above me is a noise – so loud and shrill. It is the chirp of an eagle flying high, amidst the white clouds in a […]

A.A. Milne Quote About Perseverance and Patience

I love this quote about perseverance and patience from A.A. Milne, the author and creator of Winnie the Pooh. Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.~A.A. Milne This is also the way of the Native American culture.

Ceremony of Tears, a Poem About the Building of Grand Coulee Dam and a Tribute to the Local Native People

Ceremony of Tears The Grand Coulee Dam would have no fish ladder to climb, no way for the salmon to get up the line. For many generations the Indians had fished the river there, thousands of salmon running year after year. The salmon would swim up the Columbia river to spawn, where the Indian people […]

Men with Broken Hearts: Recitation by Howard Ball, Accompanied by the Native American Flute

Listen as I recite Men with Broken Hearts, written and recorded by Hank Williams in 1950. I love this song, which has been recorded by some of my favorite artists of all time, Jim Reeves, Buddy Ebson, Porter Wagner, and my very favorite, Johnny Cash. It is a sad, yet beautiful song, perfect to be […]

My Thoughts: Love is the Answer, Cherokee Prayer, and Bible Verses on Love!

The Bible addresses the topic of LOVE many times. It is so easy to pass judgment. We all do it continually and it often leads to fear, which leads to hatred and more. I’m striving to replace my judgment with love. Here are a few verses that I find helpful to remember when I am […]

Featured Special: Oak Flute with Turquoise Inlay

I’ve inlaid this beautiful sounding, medium-toned, oak flute with authentic turquoise and I am offering it for a limited time only at the special, reduced price of $145. Regularly priced at $185, this is a great deal. To purchase this work of fine art and craftsmanship, please follow this link to my Specials page. To view […]

Cherokee Prayer

A simple, yet profound Cherokee prayer. Have a peaceful day! My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. ~James 1:19 O’ Great Spirit help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, […]

Thank you!

Thank you so much to all of you who recently purchased a Suncrow Flute! I sincerely hope that you enjoy owning and playing yours as much as I enjoyed making them. ~Howard Please visit Suncrow Flutes on Facebook!

The Spell of the Yukon

As I’ve written recently in a blog post, (Native American Version of the Twenty Third Psalm) I have been enjoying combining my passion for music with my love of recitation. I am truly loving exploring this new form of creative expression and I’m already working on and planning new recordings. Please listen as I recite […]

Native-Beaded, Aromatic Cedar Flutes – Hand Beaded By Artist, Melvin Ellenwood

In honor of Mel’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Melvin Ellenwood!!! This week I’m featuring these two beautiful Native-Beaded, Aromatic Cedar Flutes, hand beaded by my good friend, Artist, Melvin Ellenwood. I created both flutes to play in the key of A. For more information on my Native-Beaded Flutes please visit Native American Artist, Melvin Ellenwood To […]

Bible Verse and Hopi Quote about Rainbows

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. ~Genesis 9:13 The rainbow is a sign from Him who is in all things. ~Hopi

Native American Proverb

Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows. ~Native American Proverb

Native American Artist, Melvin Ellenwood

All of my beautiful Native-Beaded Flutes are professionally hand beaded by my good friend, Artist, Melvin Ellenwood. Mel is a member of the Umatilla Confederated Tribes in Northeastern Oregon, home of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla people. He currently lives in Spokane, Washington. In addition to being a talented artist, Mel is also a […]

How to Choose Which Flute is Right for You

The sound quality of a flute is influenced by the pitch of the flute, and the size of the flute, as well as the type of wood. Focusing on the pitch, you can choose a flute from the following ranges. HIGH TONE (SOPRANO) FLUTES Soprano (small size) flutes play with a high pitch. They come in […]

Echoes of Yesterday, By Lon Gibby Productions

Echoes of Yesterday, by Lon Gibby Productions This is a documentary that tells an important part of the History of Washington State and the local Native people. It is about a reclamation project headed by my dad, Howard T. Ball, founder of Ball and Dodd Funeral Home in Spokane, Washington. He was in charge of […]

Nature Quote, By Joseph Campbell

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ~Joseph Campbell

Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow, Spokane, Washington

Spokane, Washington became a city in 1891. For hundreds of years, long before the City of Spokane existed, the Native People camped and fished at the falls on the Spokane River. The salmon would swim over the falls to go back to the their spawning ground. The young Indian men built ramps that would go […]

Sale! Medium-Toned Poplar Native American Flute

Update: This flute is SOLD!  This beautiful, six hole, poplar flute, tuned in the key of C is on sale! The regular price is $125. I have marked it down to $95. Purchase Here  For more marked down flutes visit my Specials page!

Adopt the Pace of Nature

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Thoughts: My Flute Song is a Prayer of Thanks

Wood is an awesome resource for which I am incredibly grateful. When I stop and look around, I realize so many of the things that we all enjoy and use every day of our lives come from wood. Trees supply so many of our basic needs. Our homes, furniture, and many of our household tools […]

My Thoughts: Listen to Nature

Take time to listen to what nature has to say – the wind in the trees, the thunder during the storm, the sound of the rain, the rush of a stream as the water runs over the rocks. Listen to the voices of the animals – the song of the birds, and of those that […]

My Thoughts: Our Land is a Gift From the Creator

We belong to the land. We don’t own this land. It is a wonderful gift to all of us. If you listen, the earth will speak to you. This gift comes from the hand of our Creator and we must learn to love what he gives us. Maybe then we will remember that it is time to give thanks for […]

Native American Version of the Twenty Third Psalm (Psalm 23)

Please take a moment to listen to my latest recording (scroll to bottom of post) as I recite the Native American Version of the 23rd Psalm. I am also playing Amazing Grace on the flute in the background. “I will go to live in the “Big Tepee” and sit down with my Shepherd Chief forever.” […]

My Thoughts: Pain and Suffering

Every time I feel pain, either physical or emotional, I remind myself that this pain will make me stronger and that whatever comes my way will be a challenge that I will be able to face with strength and gratitude. I know that it will also be an opportunity to grow in Spirit and peace; […]

My Thoughts: Looking into the Eyes of my Dog

Sometimes when I look into the eyes of my dog, I understand that all of God’s creatures have a loving spirit, and my soul is blessed. “Perhaps one central reason for loving dogs is that they take us away from this obsession with ourselves. When our thoughts start to go in circles, and we seem […]

My Thoughts: Rise Above the Storm

When there is a storm in the air all of the other birds seem to seek refuge, but the eagle flies above the storm and observes what is happening. Sometimes I will hear him speaking high above the trees. I want to be more like the eagle and rise above the storms in my life. Thank […]

My Thoughts: Walking the Trail

~When I am walking on the trail, I realize that my inner spirit is guiding me, and I know that I am never alone. This gives me the strength to walk my path with confidence and assurance that whatever decision I make in my life I will be led to do the right thing. ~I […]

Praying For America, My Prayer For Today

Today I am praying for our broken Nation, praying for all of my friends and relatives; thanking our Creator for everything that is positive that he has created for our world. We all need to pray for our leaders including Donald Trump! Please join me! Thanks.

Some of My New Exotic Wood Flutes

These flutes are some of my new favorites! They are made from the exotic woods, Purple Heart and Padauk Orange. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they all have beautiful voices. It is such a pleasure to work with these gorgeous, natural woods!

My Thoughts: The Spirit of the Flute, A Song of the Heart

Today, while walking in the woods and playing my flute, I realized how much the voice of the flute was like my own voice.  The song comes from my heart and moves through the wood as a form of a prayer. The outside beauty of the flute has little to do with its voice. Just […]

Flute Coatings

I finish each of my flutes using several coats of shellac, which is a natural finish that comes from the female lac bug. These little insects are found on trees in the forests of Thailand and India. They secrete a resin that is deposited on the bark of a tree. The flakes of this resin […]

The Best Fisherman in the World

One night, many years ago, I had a dream. In my dream I was told to call my then eight-year-old grandson and tell him that there was a gift waiting for each of us underneath a huge, old, dead tree, about a mile from his house. For a moment, I wondered which tree the gift could be […]

How the Turtle Won the Race

Many years have passed since this story was told by the lake animals. Every year, in the spring, all of the wild animals who lived near the lake would gather together for a race. They had done this many times and the eagle always won. He could fly the highest, he was the fastest, and […]

A Look at the Different Woods Used in My Flute Making

For many years I have been making flutes out of cedar. Cedar is a soft wood that has a beautiful voice. These days I have been able to find many different woods that also sound great! Many of them are considered to be hardwoods. Some are exotic woods. (From countries other than the U.S.) I have learned that every wood has its […]

Legend of the First Native American Flute (Lakota Story)

A young man  found the tracks of an elk and followed them for a long time. The elk, wise and swift, is the one who owns the love charm. If a man possesses Elk Medicine, the girl he likes can’t help liking him, too. He will also be a lucky hunter. This young hunter had no Elk Medicine. […]

Thinking of Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Dancing at one of our local pow wows and remembering the years past As I get older, I realize that many of the friends I’ve socialized with are no longer with me. I know we all lose friends and family as the years go by. I want to thank each of mine for sharing their lives with […]

Prayer for the Day

                      Great Spirit, Almighty Healer, and Creator of all things, large and small, It is with a humbled heart that we gather together to offer up to you, many thanks. We thank you for each new day of life granted to us, that we may continue […]

About Walking Staff Flutes

I make a flute that doubles as a Walking Staff. I use this kind of flute while hiking in the woods and hills near my home. This style of flute can be used to help with balance or for relaxing and playing a song. The flute is made of solid Oak, designed as a long staff. It […]

All About Drone Flutes

The drone flute is of Aztec origin and has two or more flutes built together. The drone chamber plays a fixed note which the other flute can play against in harmony. It is thought that the first drone flutes were made from the Calima native culture of Central America. They had four holes in each […]

How to Choose a Flute by Tone

The sound quality of a flute is influenced by the pitch of the flute, as well as the type of wood. You can choose a Suncrow Native America Flute from the following ranges.                                               […]

Creating Native American Flutes – Spacing and Hole Placement

Back in the old days, Native American flutes were created and tuned differently than most are today. The number and spacing of the holes is what makes the old different from the new. In the old traditional way, some flutes had only four holes, some had five, and some had six holes, they were all the same size […]

Pow Wow Dancing (A Gallery of Photos)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

My Prayer of Thanks For the Special Voices of Each of My Flutes!

THE SONG OF THE FLUTES Thank you for my flutes, each playing with a different voice, Thank you for the different woods that come from Mother Earth and give their lives for us. Listen to their songs and receive them As a prayer. THANK YOU, FATHER. Amen