Mark Purtill of Anasazi Dream Flutes creates a selection of rim blown PVC flutes made in the style of the ancient Anasazi flute.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Mark.
I became interested in the Anasazi flute in 2007, when I was looking for an instrument that I could learn that had no real "method" or traditional style. I was intrigued about its roots in Native American antiquity, and I have a strong emotional connection with this country and the Southwestern region.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I enjoy two things equally: traveling to new places with my wife, Clare, and spending time in any place with my granddaughter (age 3) and grandson (age 1).
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Perhaps the biggest challenge for this type of shop is to convince people who have an interest in the Anasazi flute to give mine a try first, before laying out four times as much for a wooden flute. I have come up with a way of making these flutes play with more ease, volume and tone than most other wooden flutes.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
My shop is always changing, but I like the flutes with copper banding and interesting fetish ornaments.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I was encouraged by my daughter and her crafty friends, especially Misty of www.sugarpiebebe.com. Another crafty person that introduced me to Etsy is Lauren of www.laurenbrandy.com. For music sites I love Lark in the Morning for all kinds of instruments. I like the Native American style flutes at Ed Dougherty's site at Tree of Life Designs and Jessica at Nighteagle Flutes [See Jessica's interview with SCS here - ED.]
A new discovery for me is Patrick at The Irish Flute Store where I plan to do some shopping.
What does your future hold?
I am making some recordings of my flutes, so the next step will be to spread the music out to the public. I hope to continue finding creative outlets that others can enjoy.
Visit Anasazi Dream Flutes at Etsy and anasazidream.blogspot.com. You will also find Mark at the Yosemite Flute Festival in Oakhurst, CA, Sept. 25-27!