Native American Indian style flutes and music by Laughing Crow (Richard Maynard).



Welcome to Laughing Crow Flutes! These instruments are styled after Native American Indian flutes, by a musician, for the musician, for the beginner and whomever may be interested in the Magic of making music simply and beautifully. The Native American Indian style flute is for everyone, whether you know how to play or not. Believe me, if this weren't an easy instrument to play, I wouldn't be here. Honestly!

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Native American Style Flutes by Laughing Crow

Native American Style flutes handcrafted by Laughing Crow (Richard Maynard).

Here you will find a quick reference to the Native American style courting flutes offered at this site. You may click on the picture of the instrument to get a better look and find ordering information.  You can also hear what the Indian flute sounds like by following the links on the subsequent pages. These pictures represent a basic selection of the replicas of the Native American Flutes that I create. If you don't see what you like here, call (888)778-3688 toll free or (520)322-9811 or you can e-mail for more information. I have many more flutes to offer and can custom make a flute for you as well. For example, if you'd rather have a regular flat end on your flute instead of the bologna cut that I usually make, just drop me an e-mail or a phone call and I'll make your flute flat on the end. No extra charge.
All Laughing Crow Flutes are natural colors. The Jonah Thompson Am flutes are stained pine. Each Laughing Crow flute is graced with at least one turquoise cabochon. If you're looking for a great beginner Native American Flute be sure and check out the Jonah Thompson Navajo flutes and my BackPack Flutes. These are great alternatives if you don't want to take your prized wood flutes out into the field.

I'm often asked about the slanted end that has become sort of a trade mark for Laughing Crow Flutes. People want to know if it affects the sound. It is my opinion that the tone is affected only in a minimal way. It does not degrade the sound of the flute as far as I can tell. The slanted end just makes it look different and in my eyes gives a certain "flow" to the shape of the instrument. Now, it has been brought to my attention by one of my friends that it is possible to get another note out of the flute by bringing the flute down to your body, or your knee if you're sitting, while all fingers are down playing the fundamental. This technique helps add to the palette of notes that you can use while playing. So, long story short, the slanted end is advantageous if you wish to learn how to play another note that is 1/2 step lower than the fundamental. If you thought your F#m flute could only go as low as F#, now you can get one more note lower by bringing the open, slanted end down towards your body and get the F natural. Same with the other keyed flutes, IE: a Gm flute can play the lower F#, an Am flute can play the lower Ab, etc. This extra note is often referred to as the "leading tone" or the "major seventh".


This e-mail is long overdue.  I got caught up in the holiday madness and I neglected to send you an e-mail soon after the arrival of my Bubinga Drone in E minor.

Richard, wow!  Thank you!  I need to tell you that when I received the Bubinga Drone in E minor, I was speechless.  The flute is everything I expected and more. In a word, the drone is AWESOME!  (Actually, I have a lot more words I could use, too, but they're all synonymous with the word awesome.)  After the mail carrier handed me the package and I signed for it, I ran inside like a little kid with a big ol' smile on my face.  After opening the package I held the instrument in my hand, inspected it, and said aloud to no one in particular (I was home alone), "This is AWESOME!"  Then I played it for who-knows-how-long, shook out the condensation, and then played it some more.  Later that night, about 10:00 PM, my wife finally had to tell me, "OK, that's enough for today.  You can play it some more tomorrow." 

Richard, please feel free to include this message in your Testimonials page if you wish.  I am not shy about saying how pleased I am with each of the flutes I have purchased from you.  Not to mention, thanks for your outstanding customer service.  I know I called you a few times with my "Is it ready yet?" phone calls and you were always patient with your replies.  You can bet I'll be ordering from you again in the near future.

Best Regards,

Los Angeles, CA

Hi Richard I just received my new flute from you an I could not contain my self as I rip away at the box. But when I did get it open an took out that magnificent work of art I was just stunned! The pictures on your web sight of this flute just did not do it justice. It took me some time just looking at it an admiring it's beauty. Just holding it in my hand an feeling the weight of it let me know that I was holding something very special. Then I began to play on it an the sound was so beautiful an sweet to the ears. An this flute really responded to my every movement of my fingers like a fine tuned race car! Man Richard you out did your self on this flute an I'm extremely happy that I'm the one who owns it now. You live up to your title of master flute maker! I can't wait to play the bear in Dm the second flute I purchase from you. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy a well made top of the line flute to look no further than Richard Maynard ( Laughing Crow ) Thank you so very much
> Kevin

Thank you very much Richard. I appreciate the fact that you devote your energy
to the making of instruments. Stocks rise and fall. Instruments keep me connected
to some kind of constant ageless circle in my life.

Yours very truly,

The terms "Native American Flute" and "Indian Flute" are used to describe the style of flutes and music that I create. It does not imply that the flute and/or music is made by a member of a Native American tribe. Actually, I am, as most of you are, a "Native American". This is due to the fact that I, like so many of you, was actually born in America. I also have Cherokee blood in my ancestry. However, as a non "card carrying Indian", in order to comply with mandates set down by The Department of the Interior I have included this disclaimer.

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