About Me
Erik Nugent
Flute Maker
I am a Boston flute maker who just moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in December of 2016.

I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in a family of creative thinkers including Visual Artists, Doctors, Musicians and Dancers. I picked up the Saxophone at age 10 and never looked back.

In 1991 I received my Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1999 I moved to Boston to begin making handmade flutes as a finisher for Verne Q. Powell and later for David Williams. I became the Repair Manager for William S. Haynes and then the Quality Control Manager for Nagahara Flutes. A desire to be near extended family has brought me to Arkansas. Here my skills are locally unique and available nation wide. I am happy to have received Repair Technician Certifications from Verne Q.  Powell, Brannen Brothers Flutemakers and Straubinger Flutes.

While at Verne Q. Powell Flutes I became friends with Di Zhao. When I started there in 1999 Di was already a master flute maker. He was finishing a handmade flute a week and cutting many of the handmade head joints. His name was given to him by his father who was a highly respected classical Chineese flute player. The name "Di" literally translates as "Flute" and different types of flutes have different suffixes. When I started my flute shop I asked Di if I could become a dealer for him and he was delighted to have me! I have been very impressed with his instruments and I am excited to be selling them.  

I became interested in the Didgeridoo as a hobby in 1999. Never content with the status quo I invented the Chromatic Didgeridoo by adding the Boehm fingering system. I recorded an album "the Birth of the Nu" which is free on Sound Cloud here . A video of it is here.

I used the research from building the Chromatic Didgeridoo to develop mouthpieces for low brass that faciliate Didgeridoo techniques. You can learn more about those mouthpieces here.  

In 2016 my family got tired of the long dark winters in Massachusetts and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas. If you see me hiking on Pettit Jean Mountain with my son and our dog, Curi, stop and say hi!