On Tuesday, June 21, John Suttles, master carver of Fallen Branch Flues & Crafts in Aurora, Mo., and apprentice Paul Lewis of Weir, gave a program on carving Native American flutes and crafts.

On Tuesday, June 21, John Suttles, master carver of Fallen Branch Flues & Crafts in Aurora, Mo., and apprentice Paul Lewis of Weir, gave a program on carving Native American flutes and crafts.


Suttles explained how he got started carving and the research he has done in developing his craft. He and his fellow carvers distribute their flutes and crafts worldwide and have taken on apprentices, like Lewis, to teach them the traditional way of hand carving and turning pieces of wood into beautiful, melodic instruments.


After the carving duo explained how to play the flutes, the young patrons were allowed to try playing the wide range of flutes on display.


“My personal goal is to bring back this art and keep it alive for future generations,” Suttles said.


This program is part of the Weir Public Library summer reading program, “One World Many Stories” travel around the world.


Week three focused on Native Americans. Participants got to watch the movie, “Pocahontas,” and make Indian vests and head dresses on Thursday.