- My name is Monte Thompson. I would enjoy communications with anyone interested in flutes. I can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone or text at 801 414-4162
- I make the flutes in my shop in Lehi, Utah. I learned how from an old-time flute maker. I have since altered the design considerably to make it my own.
- f you purchased one of the flutes and are not completely satisfied, I would like to help in whatever way works best for you.
Like many fortunate children, I was in band in junior high and high school. I played the trumpet and became fairly good at it. And then, like many who graduated from high school, I got on with the expected duties of adulthood such as college, marriage, children, the military, a career, and stopped playing music.
For much of my adult life, I was a Software Engineer. But then, in my 50’s, I experienced the typical male mid-life crisis which ended in divorce and leaving my career. At that point, my life changed completely—I worked in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks for a couple of seasons and ended up working for several years at Snowbird. I became a poor, but happy ski bum and musician.
Stepping back in this story a bit—when I was working at Glacier, I watched people playing musical instruments together and wanted to be part of that. The trumpet didn’t seem to be right for that so I bought an $11 recorder. I would hike into the back country and practice. I entertained the wildlife. The squirrels would get very upset with the noise. I even had a little grizzly bear come into my immediate vicinity to check it out.
While working at Snowbird, I taught myself to play the piano—it is amazing the lessons that are offered on YouTube. I began to absorb myself in music. I quit my job at Snowbird and went to college for a degree in Music Recording Technology. I grew my hair long and formed an all-guy band that we called Monte Thompson and the Holy Males. I played the keyboard and recorder in the band.
After graduation, and while trying to figure out what I was going to do with my newly acquired degree, I saw an advertisement for Native American flute making lessons for Veterans, free of charge. I took the class and set up a little shop in my garage. I attempted to make flutes on my own. The first prototypes were rough.
During that summer, I played the recorder at Wheeler Farm farmers market for tips. I also played some of the flutes I had built myself. To my surprise, somebody wanted to buy one. This made me obsessed with improving my flute making abilities—I spent the winter in isolation making flute after flute. I tried many types of wood and altered the design numerous times. I ended up with a design and two types of wood that I especially like. I now sell them at the markets and on line.
I love playing the wood flute, both by myself and in public settings. It is now my calling in life to make simple, elegant, and inexpensive hand-crafted flutes available to others. I am singly focused on this—my children are adults and I have no other interests. This is my passion. I see it as a rare and valuable gift that I can give as I age and prepare for the beyond. I hope that others can find the same enjoyment of playing such a musical instrument.